#HijabRow – A Row of Communalism.
#HijabRow gaining new attraction on Twitter, dividing the nation into two different teams, where on one side people are supporting it and on the other side people are against it. Not only the common people have been involved in this, but famous people like Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, general secretary of Indian National Congress, Noble laureate Malala Yousafazi, Richa Chada an Indian actress, etc. too have made hay while the sun shines. Pakistan’s presence too in this issue is nothing but fuel to the already burning fire.
Why #HijabRow is trending?
It all started with a group of Muslim girls who were not allowed to enter the college at Udupi, Karnataka wearing a hijab. These girls are arguing that wearing the hijab is a part of their fundamental right to practice religion. Later this spread to other parts of the state with Hindu students too responding by turning up in saffron shawls.
Multiple Angles To #HijabRow
Many opportunists have come into play with #HijabRow and try to give it an angle from their motive and try to mislead people from the real scenario.
- Some politicians and journalists made it an issue of women empowerment, stating that it is right of every girl to wear whatever she wants to wear under the #ladkihoonladsaktihoon started by Priyanka Gandhi.
- Some are giving it a Hindu-Muslim angle, as they say if hijab will be allowed to Muslim girls the Hindus shall too be allowed to wear a saffron shawl. Many tweets and debates are going on this topic too under hashtags #saffronshawls.
- It seems like now the country is divided into different colors battle as #blueshawls has also come into play with Dalits supporting the Muslim women to wear hijab.
- Some gave it a politically motivated angle as they say this is started to bring another unrest in India after CAA and Farmers protests.
Fake News under #HijabRow:
Claim 1: Smuggling of Alcohol under a burqa.
See what happens inside the #burqa.
Alcohol smuggling by dressing as female in burqa.
Now imagine what else can be hidden.
Bombs, weapons, drugs, …#HijabRow #modiinterview#upelection2022 #BanHijab pic.twitter.com/AQMKnxY0MW
— सन्धिकोप ओषधिपति (@DrBKKundu) February 10, 2022
Fact Check 1
The alcohol smuggling case which was basically months-old case is again getting viral on Twitter. Here it is shown a man under a burqa is smuggling liquor and people are sharing it in agitation to harness the peaceful environment.
Fact-Check: Video from Bangladesh shared in connection with Pulwama Attack
Claim 2: Girls wearing Hijab is getting harassed by a few boys on the street. The video presents a wicked act of racism
Fact Check 2
The video of a college raging in the Eastern University of Sri Lanka where students of Eastern University were assaulting Muslim students was posted under this trend.
Fact check: The truth behind the video where girls in Hijab were assaulted.
Claim 3: Women caught in a fire is related to Hijab Row?
Watch this video this lady was going to show her protest against #Hijab and what happened next will shocked you!!#HijabisOurRight #हिजाब_से_दर्द_क्यों
— AFZAL HUSAIN افضل حسین (@AhusainFAIZI) February 7, 2022
Fact Check 3
The video that is getting viral under this hashtag is 10 years old and the incident took place in Kapurthala District of Punjab.
Fact Check: Is the Viral Video of women caught in a fire-related to Hijab Row?
A Wave from the Pakistan side too is trying to give it the angle of hatred to create unrest in India. Pakistan also summons Indian Diplomat on Wednesday under the HijabRow Controversy.
HASHTAGS UNDER HASHTAG
#Muskan started under the #HijabRow which too got the same amount of attention and attraction of everyone on Twitter, This is not only used by the Indian natives but famous Pakistani personalities too jumped inside this controversy to give it more fuel and divide people in the name of religion. This trends after Muskan khan, a student of college chanted ALLAH U AKBAR In front of some men wearing saffron shawls. She is being appreciated by many for her bravery.
Many Pakistani accounts too have appreciated Muskan and were considering her more powerful than Malala Yusafai.
To know more about this hashtag read our analysis report this Monday.
#Hijabisourright got trend along with #HijabRow in which it is mostly stated constitution provided us with Right to Religion and we shall have it.
#Hijabisourpride another hashtag that got along with hashtags to which maximum tweets were stating the fact that hijab as Not the thing of oppression Not the thing of disrespect Not the thing of just a religion, Rather It’s the thing of respect, dignity, human right, empowerment and protection from every evil-evil eye.
Verified Accounts Tweeted
Many verified accounts also tweeted on these hashtags. Some of them include, @HamidMirPAK, @ajmubasher, @AnsarAAbbasi, @drassagheer, etc. Through our analysis we got to know that many top notch verified accounts to tweet on this matter were from Pakistan as can be seen in the collage below:
Not only the verified accounts but the common people too were involved to give this already burning fire in India a blow of wind.
All these hashtags were equally used by Pakistani users, IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) and CFI (Campus Front of India). All four initial victims of Hijab Row opened their accounts on Twitter and started to promote the agenda of CFI by taking part in various hashtags. Also various regional parties, national and international media houses followed this trend.
More Under #HijabRow
Recently Gurupatwant Singh Pannu, US based individual Terroist, demanded a new country for Muslims named “Urduistan”. Hence giving us all a solid proof, of how all of this is dragging and pushing us towards division of the country in guise of #HijabRow.
Verified Accounts Interacted
More than 600 verified accounts on Twitter posted on this hashtag. Some of them include, @ndtv, @aajtak, @timesofindia, @sardesairajdeep, @ShireenMazari1
User Creation Timeline
The below graph tells about the creation timeline of the users who interacted with the hashtags. With more than 10,000 users who interacted with the hashtags, 100+ accounts were created on 9th Feb 2022.
Below geographical map shows the countries from where the users have tweeted the most on the hashtag. India has done maximum number of tweets on the hashtags with more than 4000 twitter users followed by Pakistan with more than 1600 twitter users.
While analyzing #HijabRow, we came to the conclusion that this hashtag is used by many national and international anti-social elements those have come into play to divide our societies and ruin its secularism and create unrest in the harmony of India.
IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council), CFI (Campus Front of India) and Pakistani accounts have given fuel to this fire.
Various accounts, hashtags and the toolkit used was majorly copy paste word to word to make it spread throughout the country in order to create unpleasant environment.
Hence, it is proved that #HijabRow is a well-planned propaganda and nothing else.