Friday, 22 May 2015

Mumbai: Man denied job for being Muslim

Mumbai: Man denied job for being Muslim

Mumbai, May 22 (Only Kashmir): In a blatant case of religious discrimination and racism, a Mumbai-based diamond export company Hari Krishna Exports has rejected the job application of a business management graduate on the grounds that he is a Muslim.

Zeshan Ali Khan posted a screenshot of the “regret” email from a senior executive of the company on his Facebook page, which led to a national outrage.
“Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates,” read the mail sent by Hare Krishna Exports Private Limited company, which enjoys global presence.

Later lawyer and activist Shehzad Poonawalla filed a complaint to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), Union Home Ministry and Chief Minister of Maharashtra, seeking justice for the alleged case of discrimination. NCM chairperson Naseem Ahmed has acknowledged receipt of the petition.

“The Constitution of India forbids discrimination on the basis of religion or caste. A company can hire or fire anyone on the basis of merit, not on the basis of religion,” Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Thursday.
Hitting out at the Modi government, Zeshan said posted, “our Prime Minister
Narendra Modi talks about inclusive growth, but the reality is that private companies do not care about it. The company could have rejected me if they found I was not qualified enough. But they have rejected me simply because I am a Muslim. Sounds like a joke.”

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