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Kartarpur gurdwara blogger’s ‘bare-headed’ photos spark controversy, police open investigation

Photos of a blogger taken at the Kartarpur Gurdwara sparked controversy on social media on Monday.

Punjab Police launched an investigation shortly after the controversy began to circulate on social media, after an Indian Sikh journalist, Ravinder Singh Robin, shed light on the offensive nature of the photoshoot on Twitter .

“A bare-headed model for a woman’s outfit, at the premises of Gurdwara Sri Darbar Sahib in #KartarpurSahib in Pakistan, by a Lahorite woman [severely] hurt the religious feelings of Sikhs, ”he said.

Shortly thereafter, Punjab police tweeted that they were “investigating all aspects of this incident and that strict legal proceedings would be taken against [those] responsible”.

“[The] the management of the brand and model concerned is under study. Places of worship of all religions are equally respectable, ”he said.

It is relevant to note that the blogger’s photos were shared on the Instagram page of a clothing brand named Mannat Clothing, but were removed after the review.

According to the sources, police would first investigate the “model” and the brand’s role in capturing the photos and later “register a case”, adding that “[Police] check if the model did the photoshoot alone or if the brand did the shoot.

Blogger Sauleha Imtiaz later apologized for the photos, but clarified that the photos were not part of a formal photoshoot.

“I just went to Kartarpur to learn more about the history and get to know the Sikh community. It wasn’t made to hurt anyone[‘s] feelings or anything for that matter. However, if I have hurt someone or if they think I do not respect their culture, I am sorry, ”she said.

“I respect the Sikh culture very much and I feel sorry for the whole Sikh community.”

The clothing brand Mannat, in its defense, clarified that “the photos published on our accounts are NOT part of any [photo]shooting by Mannat Clothing. These photos were provided to us by a third party (blogger) in which they were wearing our dress.

“However, we accept our error that we should not have posted this content and apologize to everyone who was offended by this,” the statement added.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said “the designer and model have to apologize to the Sikh community” because of the photos.

“Kartarpur Sahib is a religious symbol and not a movie set,” he tweeted.

The Prime Minister’s special assistant for political communication, Shahbaz Gill, called the blogger’s photos “stupid and thoughtless”, saying the designer must apologize for “harming the religious feelings of the Sikh community”.

Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar also took note of the incident, requested a report from the chief secretary and ordered an investigation into it.

Buzdar also called for action against those officials who authorized the “modeling,” with a statement saying “Not only will action be taken against those responsible after a full investigation of the incident, but it will also be taken.”