Hijab row an attempt to keep Muslim girls away from mainstream: Kerala Governor

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New Delhi: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan sees a conspiracy behind the hijab row. It is an attempt to keep Muslim girls away from the mainstream, he said on Saturday.

Hijab is not unavoidable in Islam. It is inappropriate to compare it with the turban of Sikhs. Rules of educational institutions must be followed thoroughly, he said.

Khan had earlier said that Muslim women during the period of Prophet Muhammad believed the hijab was unnecessary. They never wanted to hide their beauty, he said.

Meanwhile, reacting to the comments of the Governor, Muslim League leader Syed Sadiqali Shihab Thangal said that he does not expect anything more from the former. He has earlier too taken a stand against Sharia law. What is happening in Karnataka is an attack on fundamental rights, Thangal added.

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