Mumbai: Taking religion based discrimination to a new low, a Mumbai based diamond firm on Tuesday denied an MBA graduate a job merely because he was a Muslim.
Having completed his MBA in international business, Zeshan Ali Kha was searching for a job in a leading export house. He emailed his resume to Hare Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. on Tuesday only to be informed later that he could not be given a job because he is a Muslim, according to a report published by The Hindu.
“Along with a bunch of friends, I forwarded my resume to the company. Almost half of them were immediately placed. I got a reply within 20 minutes of my application.
"It said: 'Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates'
"I was shocked when I read it,” Khan told The Hindu.
“Initially, I thought it was a joke. Had they wanted to reject my application they could have given other excuses…,” he said.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about inclusive growth, but companies are dealing like this. If I was not qualified enough, I should have been told accordingly", he said.
Khan then put up a post on his experience on his Facebook page and generated sharp reactions.
After the outrage gained traction, Khan on Wednesday received a “regret” e-mail by a senior executive of the company.
“We would like to clarify that the company does not discriminate against candidates based on gender, caste, religion, etc. Any hurt caused in the matter is deeply regretted,” said Mahendra S. Deshmukh, Associate VP & Head-HR of the company.
Deshmukh’s email further said: “This erroneous email was sent by my colleague Mrs. Dipika Tike who has joined recently and is still on training.”
The diamond conglomerate is headquartered in Mumbai and has a global presence. Moreover, Mumbai diamond merchants are predominantly Gujaratis.
Discrimination against Muslims in Mumbai and elsewhere in India are not new. Frequent reports show incident of Muslims, including celebrities, being denied right to purchase home by housing societies.