Twitter denounces the “hypocrisy” of Manchester United star Paul Pogba

Amid the ongoing Karnataka hijab row, Manchester United star Paul Pogba shared a 45-second video on Instagram on Thursday. The video titled ‘Hindu mobs continue to harass Muslim girls wearing hijab in India’ is believed to be from Sagar in Shivamogga district, Karnataka, when protests and counter-protests over hijab wearing on university campuses have become violent.

Meanwhile, several Twitter users have denounced the French footballer’s “hypocrisy” and “double standards” as the hijab is banned in his home country. For the uninitiated, in 2011 France became the first European country to ban the wearing of the burqa covering the face in public. The French parliament voted unanimously for a total ban on the religious veil. Then-president Nicolas Sarkozy said the full veil was “not welcome” in France. The law, “Law of 2010-1192: law prohibiting the concealment of the face in public space”, prohibits the wearing of headgear covering the face, including masks, helmets, balaclavas, niqābs and other veils covering the face in public places. People who violate the ban would be fined €150 (Rs 12,816), and anyone who forces a woman to cover her face can be fined €30,000 (Rs 25.63,350).

“Why didn’t Pogba speak against the French government? He had no reason to speak about the protests against the hijab that took place in India when his own country was not exactly a virgin,” said said a Twitter user. “There is no way Paul Pogba will get support for this video… The hijab is also banned in France. Hypocrisy and double standards at their peak,” another user wrote.

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