The internet is full of stories of girls in hijab who feel they have been discriminated against by men on the basis of their gender.
A recent article in The Hindu, however, tells a different story.
“I’ve been approached by boys and girls who were shocked to learn that I wear a hijab,” one girl in the article told The Hindu.
“When I asked them if it was possible that they would think that I had a hijab, they said no.”
The story is based on an interview with a girl in her 20s who told The Times of India that she felt that she had been “treated as an outsider” and “in need of protection” by men in the community.
“The men in my community treat me differently.
They always make fun of my hair and laugh at my facial expressions,” she said.
“They tease me for wearing hijab.
Even when I say that I am wearing hijab, the men laugh at me.”
The girl also said that she was subjected to derogatory remarks and even rape threats from men on social media, who accused her of being an “infidel”.
“I was constantly harassed on social networking sites.
There was no respect given to me on the Internet,” she told The Huffington Post India.
“There were rumours about me being a terrorist, a spy, a sex worker, a drug addict, and even the woman who is my biological mother,” she added.
“It’s not just about my identity.
It’s my right to exist and the right to be safe.”
The article also says that the young woman in the story has experienced discrimination and bullying on social networks, as well as being sexually harassed by a man on the platform.
“Some of the men on Facebook have started harassing my friends.
I was once stalked by a guy on Facebook who threatened me.
I’ve been harassed by people who make comments about me online, like my hijab, which makes me feel unsafe,” the article states.
It’s really sad because the men I’ve seen online are also men who have harassed me online. “
A few days ago, a friend of mine who is Muslim told me that he would kill me if I ever posted anything negative about him,” the girl added.
“It’s really sad because the men I’ve seen online are also men who have harassed me online.
It feels like a war against me, and I don’t think I can stand it anymore,” she explained.
The girl added that she has been “shocked and angry” by the harassment and abuse that she and other women have faced.
“If I have any other options, I would rather take them,” she stated.
The story was published in the Indian Express, a newspaper that is owned by the newspaper group Times Group.
The Times Group is one of the largest publishing houses in India.
The Times of Indian has apologised for the story, which it said was based on a conversation with the woman, and has published an apology to the young girl.
“We regret the incident,” a Times of Indians spokesperson told HuffPost India.
The newspaper has also promised to “take steps to ensure that such incidents don’t happen in the future.”