New Delhi: January 11: For the first time in Indian history of hockey, the girls have been given the liberty to play for their state while sporting a 'hijab'.
The hijab girls from Allahabad team have become talk of the town as these girls are participating in a state level hockey tournament being played at K D Singh Babu Stadium in Lucknow.
According to India Samvad sources, the girls come from an orthodox Muslim family. The girls were allowed to play on only one condition that they will not break the religious values of the Muslims, which apparently includes wearing hijab. Thus, the girls were included in the team on the assurance of wearing a hijab.
The confusion with the organising committee is that whether there is any dress code in hockey regulations.
In the neighbouring Muslim country Pakistan, where hockey is very popular girls, wearing a hijab while playing the game is quite usual.
However, Chak De girls playing hockey at state-level while wearing hijab will be witnessed for the first time in India.
On one hand, India is giving liberty to the girls to pursue their religious orders while playing but on the other hand, Iran blamed an Indian Olympian shooter for participating in Asian Airgun Shooting Championship just because she refused to don a hijab.
"I am not a revolutionary but I feel that making it mandatory for even a sportsperson to wear hijab is not in the spirit of a Sport," Sidhu had said.