Tripura Hijab issue: Right-wing group members on Friday thrashed a Muslim boy over his objection to stopping Muslim girls from entering a school wearing hijab.
According to eyewitnesses, a class 10 student was dragged and beaten black and blue at the gate of the school. While no teacher, including the principal, came to his rescue. The attackers were not from the school.
The incident has once again sparked outrage among locals. The locals came to the roads for protests. They blocked the roads in protest against the act of right-wing members.
The Police have informed us that the situation is now under control. The area of Bishalgarh subdivision of Sepahijala district is still under the grip of tension amid the incident.
As per the school authorities, a week ago, a group of former students, who claimed to be affiliated with a right-wing organisation, came to the school and raised concerns about allowing Muslim girl students to wear hijab within the school and urged the principal to ban the use of hijab in the school, terming it non-compliance with the prescribed government uniform.
Priyatosh Nandi, the principal of the government-aided Karaimura class 12 school, said a group of former students, all affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu (VHP), met him.
Since there is no clear instruction on hijab banning from the government, the headmaster verbally informed the students not to wear hijab in school.
The police said it is not a communal issue, as some media houses have reported it. The police have registered a case. The investigation is underway.
It is noted that heavy police personnel are deployed to prevent any untoward situation.