Software engineer Tehreem Ansari has often been asked to explain why she wears a hijab, the traditional Muslim headscarf. In addition to this, she has been called a Pakistan sympathiser though she has no interest in the neighbouring country.
The remarks by Ansari, 22, came in response to the query “As an Indian Muslim, what kind of discriminations did you ever face?” posted on popular question-answer website Quora.
“Having to explain your hijab, even though it’s your cloth, and you chose to wear it for yourself, and you are not oppressed,” she wrote, listing the types of discrimination she had faced.
She added: “Being joked and called a terrorist/jihadi with a bunch of acquaintances just coz you are a Muslim.”