Muslim student misses entrance exam after she was not allowed in with hijab
A Muslim student was forced to miss her university entrance exam in Delhi after she was not allowed to enter the exam hall while wearing a hijab.
The student, who remained anonymous in media interviews for safety, is a student at Delhi University’s Zakir Hussain College and was to attempt the Common University Entrance Test (CUET), an all-India test organized by the National Testing Agency for admission to 45 central universities across India.
“I had read all the guidelines on the admit card and nowhere was it mentioned that we are not allowed to wear a hijab,” the student said.
At the exam center, she was asked by the woman security guard to remove her hijab as a protocol for checking. However, after checking she was asked to remove the hijab completely, failing which, she would not be allowed to attempt the exam.
“I was the only one who was not allowed to go in as I was the only hijab wearing girl there. How is this fair?” the student said.
The student added that she wants to file a complaint, but her family has suggested otherwise out of fear.
Police arrest Muslim minor over posts on Muslim emperor Aurangzeb in Maharashtra
The police in Maharashtra state have arrested a 14-year-old Muslim boy over a social media post praising Muslim Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. He was arrested despite deleting the post and uploading a video apologizing if his actions had hurt anyone.
In retaliation, Hindu extremist mobs unleashed violence in Muslim-majority regions while rallying against these social media posts. The violent mobs attacked Muslims, ransacked shops and vehicles, and pelted stones at mosques.
Over fifty anti-Muslim hate speech rallies were held earlier this year in Maharashtra state, where open calls for violence against Muslims, calls for an economic boycott of Muslims, and baseless conspiracy theories against the Muslim community were floated by Hindu extremist hatemongers.
Muslim man assaulted by police after he asked them to remove shoes in mosque
A Muslim man was brutally assaulted in police custody in Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Uttar Pradesh state after he asked them to remove their shoes before entering the mosque.
In a video that surfaced on social media, the man, Junaid Babu, reported that two police officers came to the mosque to remove the loudspeakers meant to make the call to prayer.
“[They] went straight inside it wearing shoes and didn’t listen to me when I asked them not to,” Babu said. “While returning they pointed me out, saying ‘he is speaking too much,’ and dragged me into their police jeep.”
While in custody, police brutally beat Babu on his body, hands and ears, and then threatened him with consequences if he spoke about his assault.