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Foreign model visiting Taj Mahal asked to remove her saffron scarf bearing `Jai Shri Ram'
A controversy broke out on Thursday at the Taj Mahal when a visiting contestant of the Supermodel International 2017 pageant was asked to remove her saffron scarf bearing Hindu religious symbols along with 'Jai Shri Ram' written on it.

The foreign woman was asked to remove her scarf by the officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and CISF personnel. They later said that they had only acted according to rules and unnecessary controversy was being created over the issue.

A statement from CISF commandant Brij Bhushan said that ASI in its order stated that no item bearing religious symbols was allowed inside the monument. He also said that various other objectionable items in possession of the woman including her country's flag were also not allowed inside the monument.

The woman was one of the 34 contestants of the pageant who are in India to compete for the crown of Supermodel International. The contest is being held in Delhi from April 12 to 22.

After the incident, members of the Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) and Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) staged a protest on Thursday outside ASI office at Mall Road in Agra. BJYM city coordinator Sunil Sharma has said that they will dare to enter Taj Mahal wearing saffron attire on Saturday.

He further dared anyone to try and stop them as now their own government is in power in Uttar Pradesh.

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