Since the Hijab controversy in Karnataka emerged, Bollywood has spoken out about it. Sonam Kapoor has become the latest celebrity to take a stand on the Hijab debate, following in the footsteps of Richa Chadha, Javed Akhtar, and Hema Malini. For the uninitiated, the protests began when female students from Government Girls PU College in Udupi were denied admission to the campus because they wore Hijab with their uniforms.
Taking to her Insta stories, the Neerja actress shared a collage photo (now deleted) that saw a man wearing a turban and a woman wearing a hijab asking, “Turban can be a choice, but Hijab can’t?” The actress had no idea what would happen once she shared the photo. The actress received a lot of hate for comparing the two soon after it went viral, to the point that she had to delete the post.
Sonam Kapoor’s Instagram story was shared by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, who lambasted the actress for the ‘unjustified’ comparison.The Tweet read, “ Dastar or “Dast-e-Yar” means“the hand of God”. It is not a choice but a blessing of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji & an integral part of Sikhs’ identity. Comparing Dastar & Hijab are unjustified & unwanted in this context @sonamkapoor.”
Dastar or “Dast-e-Yar” means“the hand of God”. It is not a choice but a blessing of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji & an integral part of Sikhs’ identity. Comparing Dastar & Hijab are unjustified & unwanted in this context @sonamakapoor pic.twitter.com/CZL83TVY3W
— Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) February 11, 2022
Re-sharing Sirsa’s Tweet, a user wrote, “#SonamKapoor doesn’t need an explanation. She just does paid tweets for issues she has no idea about. Don’t bother teaching her. Burqa was, is and will always be a security concern because it is hard for the person to be identified and the women are unwilling to unveil too.”
Bashing the actress, a user wrote, “’If turban can be a choice, then why not hijab’-CLONE Sonam Kapoor! You synthetic clone don’t know that turban is ‘article of faith’ of Sikhs and granted by Constitution of India. Hijab is Geo-cultural attire!!”