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Jakarta Post

'#NoHijabDay' draws criticism, raises debate on social media

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 4, 2020   /  11:06 am
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A Citilink Indonesia flight attendant sports the airline's hijab uniform. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

The #NoHijabDay hashtag, which has been circulating on social media over the past few days to challenge World Hijab Day on Feb. 1, has apparently created a global furor, with many people condemning it. Some social media users in Indonesia have criticized the No Hijab Day movement, saying it should not have started in the first place, while others, mostly hijab-wearing netizens, have defended their right to sport the religious veil with pride. A Twitter user from Indonesia, @K19Niena, said that her hijab was her "beautiful crown". "I really can't [stand] this […] thing #NoHijabDay," she went on, using an expletive. Some Muslim women on the other side of the spectrum, however, admitted that wearing a hijab was not their preference, especially when those who claimed to be more pious pushed them to wear one. Twenty-seven-year-old, Noer, who ...