A diamond export company, Hare Krishna Exports, has denied job opportunity to a young male graduate with an MBA for being a Muslim.
The incident, seeing as a case of religious discrimination, has already prompted India’s National Commission for Minorities to seek an explanation from the company.
The incident also drew criticism from India’s central government, which said religious discrimination cannot be allowed.
Management graduate Zeshan Ali Khan had applied for an opening in the company on May 19 and, according to him, he received a response within 15 minutes, which said they hired only non-Muslim candidates.
“Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates,” the company said in response to his application.
“I was looking for a job, I came to know about a recruitment drive taking place at Hare Krishna Exports, one of the leading exports houses of the country. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to start my career with them. I was quite shocked when I read the reply, I took a screen shot of it and posted it on Facebook,” he said.
“At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting foreign countries and inviting them for investment and pushing ahead the ‘Make in India’ campaign, the leading export houses are rejecting candidates for their religion,” he added.
Even as his social media posts triggered an outrage against the company, it sent a regret mail to Khan, blaming a trainee in its HR team with no decision-making powers for the “blunder”.
Courtesy of Arab News