So, only if you live under a rock, you may not have heard the song Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire movie and be unaware of world-famous musician A.R.Rahman.
These days his daughter is in the news and not for the reasons one might expect.
She was spotted in a complete Hijab in a couple of places and people took notice.
She was also invited for a show on TV where she interviewed her Dad in a hijab.
Quint had a blog story about it.
Both Hindus and Muslims in India had opinions on her attire and both need to just f”””k off, excuse my french.
Just take a look at the comments under the Quint article.
To sum it up for you, Muslims defend her hijab because ‘a woman is a pearl, chocolate, gold (some object that needs protection).’
And for non-Muslims, the judgment is all for being non-progressive, anti-women and offensive.
IT IS NEITHER!
Khatija is an enterprising young woman who is very much capable of making her own choices and decisions. And her hijab is NOT FORCED by the males in the family.
It is as normal as a man wearing pants to work. Whether women wear skirts, saree, pants or hijab, it is great as long as she is the decision maker behind that attire.
And for non-muslims, please focus on your religion because not one religion in the world is without sexist traditions and customs. So let the woman do what she wants and please get this stupid notion out of your mind that every woman who wears a hijab is somehow living under Al-Qaeda. THEY ARE NOT!
Muslim women are NOT forced by Islamic laws to wear a hijab.
Islam prescribes ‘modesty’ and respect for the opposite gender, which is mandatory on BOTH GENDERS and not just women.
So inquire first before passing judgments, they just make you look stupid.
And lastly, as a believer of equal rights and feminism, if you demand women’s rights to wear what they want, I hope those rights include a woman’s right to wear hijab and a man’s right to wear skirts… not just white girls in bikinis.