Kashmir: Class 12 Topper Trolled For Not Wearing ‘Hijab’

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By: Aakash Ahmad
Updated: 12 February, 2022 2:36 pm IST
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SRINAGAR: Aroosa Parvaiz, the class 12 topper of Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education, is being virulently trolled by a section of people after her picture, in which she’s not wearing hijab, appeared on the Internet.

Her picture was taken after she was declared the topper by the Board. What meant to be a moment of delight for her and family has become a moment of depression.

“Comments don’t matter to me but they’ve taken a toll on my parents,” said a visibly upset Aroosa. “I am a Muslim by heart. Wearing or not wearing hijab doesn’t define one’s belief in their religion.”

Aroosa said she knows amid all the darkness, there’s still a silver lining. “There are also people celebrating my feat out there.”

Netzines say that this sudden brutal trolling against a young female student is something that Kashmir has never witnessed before. “It is really a shameful act (trolling) and it will obviously have a bearing on her mental health,” said Muhammad Showkeen, who teaches in Government Degree college here. “They are ruining the joyful moment of this brightest girl by doing so.”

The online trollers have tried to establish a link between Aroosa and Karnataka girl student fighting for Hijab. Mubashir Kirmani, who has studied Islamic Studies, said hijab is empowering practice for women folk, but it is the wish of girl to wear it or not.

One of the trolls was so emboldened that he had openly called for the beheading of the girl: “Begairat. Pardah nai ki. Eski gardan ka** do (Shameless. She hasn’t covered She should be beheaded.”

Maulanas from Islamic Seminary have condemned these online attacks. They said Islam does not permit trolling or issuing fatwas on social media.

The people have demanded stern punishment for trolls who are threatening her.

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