On Monday, February 21, a government school in Delhi’s Mustafabad region – a region which had been impacted by the February 2020 Northeast Delhi riots – allegedly denied entry to students into classrooms if they were wearing hijabs.
In the video, the girl said that she was asked to remove the hijab. “My teacher told me to remove my headscarf. She said, ‘Mummy mat bano. Kal se scarf pehenke mat aana nahi toh class se bahar nikaal doing (Don’t be like your mother. Don’t wear a scarf from tomorrow, or you will be removed from class).’ Two more girls wearing scarves were also asked to remove them,” the girl said.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Mohammad Ayyub Gauri, 38, father of the girl, said it was his daughter’s first day at the school and she studied at a private school earlier.
“My daughter went to the school on Monday, her first day in the school. The teacher in her class humiliated her in front of the entire class and rebuked her. ‘What are you wearing? Don’t act like a mother and wear this to the classroom again,’ the teacher told her. She was harassed in front of 40-50 children and was on the verge of breaking down. She removed her hijab after that,” Gauri said.
Gauri also said that he went to the school to complain against the teacher to the authorities and asked for a written order over any rule against wearing of hijab in class. “But they did not have anything in writing. It might be after the Karnataka incident issue is being made over wearing the hijab,” he said.
He added that the principal later back-tracked on her statement and said that while there is no formal order, she cannot allow some students to “look different” from other girls in the school.