The story of Indian Muslim women who experienced discrimination

Indian Muslim women face discrimination because of their hijab or burqa.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – A restaurant in Hyderabad, India urges its Muslim customers, especially women, not to wear a hijab or burqa. This was announced by the caretaker of a first-class restaurant in Jubilee Hills.

“Women with headscarves and burqas are not allowed to enter. Because if they happen, it will be a problem, ”the guard said. Zareen (24 years old) belongs to a group of Muslim women who brought the topic to social media in the past few days.

Although she did not use her real identity, she invited other women to share their experiences of discrimination in restaurants because they were wearing an abaya or a hijab. They claim this is a routine practice found in restaurants as several reports of discrimination have surfaced.

In October 2020, Zareen’s friend and her then 19-year-old sister decided to dine at the Sanctuary. After being reprimanded by the guard, the two dismissed the incident as an insult and went to the restaurant, where the staff ignored them for 20 minutes.

When Zareen came without a headscarf, she was only served by the waitress. The hatred remains, however. They are forbidden to take photos there. “My youngest sister cries at night because she has never been treated like this,” said Zareen.

Zareen said the incident was a form of Islamophobia. Zareen’s brother Kaunain (name incorrectly) says he’s trying to get people to talk about the subject. Unfortunately, 2020 is not the right year.