The people on social media recently lashed out at the web portal feminism in India, for endorsing hijab, an attire that many across the globe consider as the biggest symbol of women oppression. Feminism in India (FII) is a one of the largest feminist portals of the country.
In an article dated 1st February 2019, FII urged the women from across the country and world to participate in world hijab day, an occasion it describes as a way to stand in solidarity with the Muslim women. The article, attempts to justify the practice of wearing hijab, as a free and feminist choice of Muslim women. “IF YOU CAN NOT ACCEPT HIJAB AS A CHOICE EVEN AFTER MILLIONS OF WOMEN SAYING SO – IT IS DUE TO YOUR BIGOTRY,” says the article published by FII.
#WorldHijabDay for a Muslim woman who chooses to wear hijab, stands as a day when her choice is celebrated – when women from all over the world come together in solidarity, forming a sisterhood, telling Muslim women that they are not alone. #FreeInHijabhttps://t.co/Wf4yps8hAO
— Feminism in India (@FeminismInIndia) February 1, 2019
Criticising the feminist portal, people on social media accused it of being hypocritical in its approach towards the practices of various religions.
While women are forced to wear hijabs since birth & beaten up if they dare to think & fight for their freedom, @FeminismInIndia markets hijab as a symbol of liberation & empowerment even when it reeks of misogyny.
Stop indoctrination minds into supporting oppression.#NoHijabDay https://t.co/ZBKpQJ1407
— Ojasvy Chandhok (@OjasvyChandhok) February 2, 2019
While slamming the portal, many also drew comparison between the recent article endorsing World hijab day, and a 2017 editorial in which it had critised ‘ghoonghat,’ an attire worn by Hindu women of North Indian states of Punjab and Haryana as “patriarchal.”
This is how @FeminismInIndia has Cheap Double Standards
Either respect both or say we are against both
A "Hindu" Ghoonghat is condemnable
An "Islamic" Hijab shd be Celebrated
(I respect both, Ghoonghat & Hijab.. as Cultural symbols too)
Why Hatred towards towards Ghoonghat?? pic.twitter.com/9zdmn7m3be
— Rahul Easwar (@RahulEaswar) February 2, 2019
Inclusive Feminism 101 pic.twitter.com/cGhUctj1VC
— Vivekk | विवेक | বিবেক | விவேக் (@Oyevivekk) February 2, 2019
Feminism in India: when sponsored by Mullahs & soul harvesting missionaries😅😅😅 pic.twitter.com/7X4P4PjCOo
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhilNC) February 2, 2019
Feminism in india at it's best… pic.twitter.com/wWPf15fW4D
— Abhijeet Patil (@Abhi972) February 2, 2019
Wow… Feminism in India is more hypocrite than the Communists in India. Beaten communists at their own game hands down https://t.co/IfPP2KFCZE
— Ranjeeth R (@ranjeeeth) February 2, 2019
Wearing Traditional Ghoonghat Is Oppressing Women's Sexuality And Is A Mark Of Patriarchy
Wearing Hijab Gives You Wings 😍
That's The Dhimmi Feminists For You In India
— Farzi Lord (@DhaOnez) February 2, 2019
Wearing Ghoonghat Is A Mark Of Patriarchy
Wearing Hijab Is Women empowerment, choice and freedom .
— Pooja Singh 🇮🇳 (@pooja303singh) February 2, 2019
It is only ironical that at a time when feminists in Iran are fighting a revolutionary battle against the imposition of hijab, those in India are not only justifying it but also endorsing it. The Indian feminists apperantly have gone even a few steps further to urge women from other communities to also embrace the attire. “When women from all over the world come together in solidarity, forming a sisterhood, telling Muslim women that they are not alone. The idea behind World Hijab Day is to build bridges of understanding, awareness, and education about the hijab,” says the article.
Well renowned journalist, author and columnist, Tarek Fatah also slammed the Feminism in India while hailing the anti-hijab protesters in Iran.
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) February 2, 2019
A mid widespread criticism and accusations of hypocrisy, it remains to be seen if Feminism in India comes out with a response or not.