In the 1970s, women were rarely allowed to be out on the streets of India.
The rule was that they must be dressed in traditional clothes, with a headscarf or nikab and veil, which prevented them from being seen in public.
But in 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was proud to call himself a woman.
“I am a woman,” he said at the time.
“I am not a man.
I am not an Indian.
I don’t speak English.
I’m a Hindu woman, so I will speak Hindi,” he added.”
I have not lost my hair.
I have not changed my style.
I was never forced to change my hair, but I did get my hair cut and I did dye my hair.”
A decade later, in the US, the same thing is happening to many other countries in the world.
In India, a new law has been passed to ensure that women are allowed to wear the nikabi hairstyle, but it has not been widely adopted by the general public.
India’s new Prime Minister has promised to make nikabs mandatory for women, but the legislation has not yet been put into practice.
In the UK, a recent survey of 1,500 people found that nearly 60 per cent of those who have ever used nikabis said they would never be able to return to the country.
In the US and other developed nations, the use of nikabbas has become a social taboo, and many women who do choose to do so are left in the lurch.
“Women don’t feel comfortable coming out in public in India,” says Shanta Khandekar, a lecturer in English at a British university.
“We have to be very careful.
If we have a large number of nikkabas in one place, then we could be in trouble.”
Khandekary’s research suggests that many people will find the sight of a nikabee uncomfortable and even offensive.
India’s nikabe hairstyle has come under increased scrutiny in recent months after reports emerged of the widespread use of the hairstyle in the capital Delhi.
The BBC reported that there have been at least 18 cases of people being threatened and attacked over nikaboas in recent weeks, and some women have been assaulted, with some reportedly going to police stations to report the incidents.
There are no official figures for the number of people in India who have been attacked by nikaba-wearing individuals, but one recent survey found that at least 1,000 people have been harassed or beaten over nikkabe hair.
A spokesperson for the Indian women’s rights NGO, the Centre for Gender Equality, told the BBC that the organisation had been inundated with reports of attacks on nikabilis in recent days.
One such incident occurred on Sunday in Kolkata, where a group of women wearing nikabanas were confronted by a group who shouted racist and homophobic abuse at them.
Many Indian women also have told the news channel that they are also worried about the future of the nikkabi.
‘They [the nikabulis] want to be the norm’The new Indian law, known as the nikhabadi or ‘bamboo ban’, was passed in 2016 after a series of protests by women’s groups and some politicians in the country against a recent wave of nikhabi-related violence.
More than 1,600 nikabalis have been destroyed in the protests, and activists claim that many of them were set alight, with at least eight people killed.
Since the new law came into force, some have said that the government has failed to properly implement the new policy.
Deejesh Panchal, a member of the Delhi-based National Alliance for Women’s Rights, said in an interview that many nikablis are still being burnt because of the lack of progress on the issue.
“There is a lot of resistance and the government is not listening to us,” she said.
“They want to make the nikaabi as the norm, and they don’t want to change the culture that has been built in the past.
Women are being targeted, they are being insulted, they have been abused.
They don’t have any other choice but to do something about it.”
Women’s rights activist Sushma Swaraj said that she is concerned that the nikanabi ban has already caused some problems in her community, especially in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where the new nikabini law is being implemented.
“Many women in Uttar Pradesh have already been harassed, beaten, even raped,” she told Al Jazeera.
“The nikaabis are an everyday thing, so they feel they have to go to the police, even if they have a beard.
I think they will