The Karnataka unit of the BJP made a faux pas today by sharing on social media the personal details of students who have filed petitions against the restrictions on the use of hijab in educational institutions, which are currently being heard by the Supreme Court. But the tweet was heavily criticized as some of the petitioners were minors and was removed within minutes.
The caption accompanying the screenshot of the students’ personal information read: “Five of the students involved in #HijabRow are underage. Do Congress leaders Sonia, Rahul & Priyanka feel guilty for using underage girls to stay relevant in the politics? How low will they stoop to win elections? Is this what “Ladki hoo lad sakti hoon” means, @priyankagandhi?”
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi responded immediately, calling the tweet “insensitive”. She also took action in the case, tagging the police, Twitter and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
shameless @BJP4Karnataka tweet the addresses of the underage girls to attack the opposition. Do you realize how insensitive, sick and pathetic this is? I ask @DgpKarnataka and @TwitterIndia to take action and delete the tweet. also search @GoI_MeitY intervention.
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) February 15, 2022
The Rajya Sabha member – who is also a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Women’s Empowerment – demanded that the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child address the issue immediately.
“It is a criminal offense to share names and addresses of minors. This is unacceptable,” her second tweet read.
The controversy over the hijab in Karnataka started last month when some students from a PU college in Udupi refused to take off their headscarves in class, despite teachers asking. Other students started coming to school wearing saffron scarves in retaliation and the problem escalated.
The case is now being heard by the Karnataka High Court.
The Pre-University Colleges, where the controversy started, will open tomorrow, along with other colleges, after nearly a week of closure.