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