Hi­jab wel­comed, re­spected at Kumbh

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Htspotlight - Farhan Ahmed Sid­diqui [email protected]­hoo.com ▪

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.

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