India has summoned Pakistani’s Charge d’Affaires to convey deep considerations over “desecration of the sanctity of Gurdwara Shri Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur” by a Pakistani mannequin and a clothes model.
The Pakistani mannequin’s photoshoot at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in her nation has been criticised broadly for hurting sentiments of Sikhs. The mannequin, Sauleha, was seen bareheaded within the images posted on Instagram. Covering one’s head in a gurdwara is necessary.
“Pakistani Charge d’Affaires was summoned today to convey our deep concern at the incident of desecration of the sanctity of Gurdwara Shri Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur by a Pakistani model and a clothing brand,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned in a press release.
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) November 30, 2021
“It was conveyed that this reprehensible incident has deeply hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community in India and worldwide. Such continued incidents of desecration and disrespect of places of religious worship of the minority communities in Pakistan highlight the lack of respect for the faith of these communities,” the assertion mentioned.
“It was further conveyed that we expect Pakistani authorities to sincerely investigate this matter and take action against those involved,” it mentioned.
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— Ravinder Singh Robin ਰਵਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ رویندرسنگھ روبن (@rsrobin1) November 29, 2021
Sauleha later deleted the images and posted an apology on her Instagram web page. In her apology, she mentioned she didn’t intend to harm anybody. “Recently I posted a picture on Instagram that was not even a part of a shoot or anything. I just went to Kartarpur to learn about the history and know about the Sikh community. It wasn’t done to hurt anyone’s sentiments or anything for that matter. However, if I have hurt anyone or they think that I don’t respect their culture, I am sorry,” she wrote in her Instagram submit.
The model has additionally clarified that the images weren’t a part of a photoshoot.
Pakistan police have began an investigation into the incident. The police mentioned they’re trying into all points of the photoshoot and can take motion.
Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry mentioned the designer and the mannequin should apologise to the Sikh group. “Kartarpur Sahib is a religious symbol and not a film set,” he tweeted.