Hijab welcomed, respected at Kumbh
PRAYAGRAJ : At the largest Hindu religious congregation of Kumbh here, a hijab-clad Muslim woman is not only respected but welcomed like any other woman. Sania Abbas, who works as a volunteer at the SSP’s office at Kumbh, feels very comfortable in hijab. A mass communications student at the Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences (SHUATS), Abbas, 22, is the anchor in the news bulletin for the Twitter page of the Kumbh police and is also helping officials as a content writer for a book on Kumbh2019.
Sania did not hesitate when she got an opportunity to work as a volunteer in the massive religious fair. With her other colleagues, Sania roams the vast tent city and offers help to pilgrims in distress.
She even acts as a guide to pilgrims during bathing days when she is allotted the duty to help pilgrims.
“Wearing the hijab is a personal choice and I feel as comfortable at Kumbh as at home . I never feel discriminated against, frowned upon, or being stared at as a stranger in the crowd of millions of other women who do not wear a hijab. I went to akhadas and camps of seers but I was never questioned about my identity or why I was wearing a hijab,” said Sania, who has been wearing the hijab since school days.