Delhi orphanage denies job to applicant because of hijab, owner Harish Varma calls Islam conservative

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In an outrageous act, an owner of a Delhi-based orphanage has denied a job to a Muslim girl because she wore Islamic headscarf, hijab.

Photo-Indian Express

27-year-old Nedal Zoya, a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, was bluntly told the reason for her rejection was that she wore hijab.

The owner of the orphanage, Harish Varma wrote to her in an email, “Our upcoming orphanage will be religion free for the eligible orphan girls as well as staff. But I am sorry to inform you that even a distance of one kilometer you looks like a Muslim lady due to your external Muslim gears! (sic)”

In her reply, Zoya asked, “Would you be performing pooja during festivals? Or would you allow girls in the orphan to offer namaz or do pooja?”

Zoya’s email appeared to have angered Varma, who, in his reply, wondered how  ‘conservative Islam’ was her priority over ‘humanity.’

He wrote, “I was shocked to know that conservative Islam is your priority not humanity! Your all higher education gone the drain.”

Varma later told Indian Express that he stood by his Islamophobia adding that he had hired a Muslim girl with ‘modern thoughts.’

Reacting to the development, Saurabh Bharadwaj, MLA from the ruling Aam Aadmi Party said that his government will take action against Varma if Zoya officially lodged a complaint adding that the Indian constitution did not allow anyone to discriminate on the basis of someone’s faith.

 

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  1. In this particular case Ms. Nedal Zoya is playing victim! So many Muslims do this kind of thing to gain popularity and put pressure on people, who refused them some thing! May be she is not enough eligibility for the Social Worker post in that orphanage! It is extremely clear in the emails of Mr. Harish Varma, CEO of the orphanage that he wants to keep his orphanage religion free. So why she is seeking an exemption for herself? He also hired a Muslims girl for that post. So where he is Muslim hater? Why Muslims are interested in special treatment for them? Only political parties viz. Samajwadi Party, Indian National Congress, Bhaujan Samaj Party, Trinmool Congress etc. are ready to BOW DOWN infront of Muslims for their VOTES! India is the most secular country in the world that is the reason we have Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan… even Irfaan Khan! If India is communal then how 70% population watching Muslim film actors!

    • “Mr. Harish Varma, CEO of the orphanage that he wants to keep his orphanage religion free. So why she is seeking an exemption for herself? He also hired a Muslims girl for that post.”

      So he won’t hire one Muslim woman because she looks like a Muslim and he wants to keep his orphanage “religion-free”….but then he hires another Muslim anyway? Mohd, your country of India is full of the most greedy, selfish, dishonest, nasty people on Earth. It’s no wonder that those IRS and credit card phone scams emanate from your third world hellhole!

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