Brother of girl who opposed hijab ban attacked, 3 held

UDUPI: The brother of one of the six students — protesting the hijab ban at Government PU College for Girls in Karnataka’s Udupi since December — was allegedly attacked by rightwing activists on Tuesday, prompting her to dash off a pair of tweets in which she tagged Udupi police and questioned why she couln’t stand up for “my right” without facing a backlash.
The police arrested three men — Deepak, Manoj and Sanil Raj – in response to the complaint about the attack on Hazra Shifa’s 20-year-old sibling Saif while he was closing a family-run hotel in Malpe. They got bail after a preliminary probe suggested they weren’t linked to any outfit. “My brother was brutally attacked by a mob. Just because I continue to stand for My #Hijab which is MY RIGHT. Our property was ruined as well. Why?? Can’t I demand my right? Who will be their next victim?” Shifa had tweeted. Tagging the state DGP and IGP in a second tweet, she said, “I appreciate that a case has been filed against the assaulters of my brother Saif but I demand that they are held accountable and be arrested at any cost immediately. ”
Masood Manna, committee member of the Campus Front of India, said Saif was attacked by a 150-strong mob.
An officer said mob accosted Saif after a TV channel interviewed his family. One suspect had allegedly hit Saif, the officer added.

The Open Magazine of India by Artmotion Network (

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