Hijab is the girl's feather, don't cut it, Miss Universe Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu
Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, the Indian woman who was elected as Hasina Alam, referred to the 'hijab' as a girl's 'feather,' and urged people not to clip the feathers of females. Tensions over Muslim women's 'hijab' remain high in India, with a court in the state of Karnataka banning females from wearing the hijab at educational institutions. While Muslim women, the country's biggest minority, have been targeted for wearing the hijab, there have also been complaints of harassment in educational institutions and other industries. When Miss Universe Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu was asked about the prejudice against Muslim girls on the topic of 'hijab' at a recent ceremony in Mumbai, she initially tried for excuses to avoid answering, but then she answered, he asserted in favor of 'Hijab'.
Miss Universe @HarnaazKaur appeals to stop targetting Muslim girls over Hijab. She says, "..Hijab me bhi aap lakdi ko he target kar rahe ho, usko jeene do wo jaise jeena chahti hai". #Hijabrow pic.twitter.com/GXTpdICrYg— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) March 26, 2022
In the video of Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu's response shared by an Indian journalist, a journalist asked Miss Universe what she would say on the issue of 'Hijab'. Before Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu's reply to the journalist's question, the host of the event intervened and suggested the journalist not to ask Miss Universe about the issue, but the journalist insisted that Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu answer himself. Replying to the journalist's mystery, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, after the excuse was over, complained that the girl, ie him, was being 'targeted' on the said issue as well. Later, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu replied that girls were also being targeted in the matter of 'hijab'.
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Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu said that the girl wearing hijab should be allowed to live according to her wishes and style, she should be allowed to reach the place where she wants to reach Universe said that 'hijab' is the 'feather' of girls, let them fly with them, don't cut them and if you want to cut, cut yourself. Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, a member of the Sikh community, spoke in support of the veiled girls without naming any party or organization opposing the hijab. After Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu's statement in favor of 'Hijab', the people present there also applauded his encouragement.
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He further said that now someone should ask her about the difficulties encountered in her journey to become 'Miss Universe' and then she herself gave a short answer that she should become Miss Universe after seeing many difficulties. He said that people look at her, admire her and say how beautiful she looks, but they do not know that beauty is only one percent of her personality. Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, being a 'Miss Universe', usually travels abroad, and recently when she returned home, she was asked about the hijab at a ceremony in Mumbai. Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu was selected as Miss Universe in the beauty pageant held in December 2021. Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu is the third Indian girl ever to win the Miss Universe title.
She was preceded in death by Bollywood actress Lara Dutta in 2000 and Sushmita Sen in 1994. India last won the title of 'Miss World' in 2017 in the global beauty pageant and Manoshi Chhallar was selected as 'Miss World'. Before Manoshi Chhallar, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was also selected as 'Miss World' in 2000.