The Gurudwara photoshoot row finally took its conclusive turn when Pakistani model Sauleha apologized for hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community. For the unversed, Sauleha’s bareheaded pictures at the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara were shared by a popular clothing brand Mannat Clothing. Taking cognizance, Shiromani Akali Dal’s spokesperson slammed the act and highlighted the fact that the Pakistani model had not covered her head. In Sikh community, it’s mandatory for both men and women to cover their heads in the premises of a Gurudwara.

After being panned from all the directions, Sauleha took to Instagram and claimed that the pictures were not part of a photoshoot. She further apologized for hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

Background

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, the simple proverb tells us all that we must abide by the traditions and laws of the land we may be visiting. This becomes all the more crucial when one is visiting a place of worship in a country like India where religious sentiments are considered a priority.

Earlier this month, popular YouTuber received the wrath of the police and public when he broke the rules and filmed the Nidhivan Raj holy site located in Vrindavan.

Similarly, ‘Hindi Medium’ actress Saba Qamar was also reprimanded for disrespecting the sanctity of Mosque. Saba Qamar and Pakistani singer Bilal Saeed reportedly shot a music video at the premises of a Mosque in Lahore.

And now, a Pakistani model was on the receiving end of criticism by the Sikh Community for doing a photoshoot in Gurudwara.


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The Facts of the Matter

In a photo session gone terribly wrong, Pakistani model Sauleha received criticism from several factions of the Sikh Community for having a photoshoot at the Kartarpur Gurudwara without covering her head. Although Sauleha has deleted the images from her social media platforms, the Sikh community leaders have attached screenshots of the feed in their complaints.


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Apparel Brand Shares Pakistan Model’s Gurudwara Pics

It so happened that earlier on Monday, Mannat Clothing – an apparel brand – shared pictures of the model that were taken at the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara. These images went viral instantly with several people from Sikh community expressing their displeasure.

Akali Dal Spokesperson Slams The Action

Soon, the images made its way to the Shiromani Akali Dal, and other factions of Sikh community. Akali Dal spokesperson Manjinder Singh Sirsa took to Twitter and wrote, “Such behaviour& act at pious place of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is totally unacceptable! Can she dare to do the same at her religious place in Pakistan?” He further tagged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and said that action must be taken against the trend of “treating Sri Kartarpur Sahib as picnic spot by Pak people”.


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Letter Written to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar

In a separate tweet the Akali Dal spokesperson also shared a letter that was sent to Indian External affairs minister S. Jaishankar. In the letter sent to Mr. S. Jaishankar, it was highlighted that people have been using Gurudwara premises “as picnic spot or to shoot tik tok videos”.

“I Am Sorry”: Model Issues Apology

Following the massive criticism, the Pakistani model issued an apology and claimed that the pictures were not part of a photoshoot. “I just went to kartarpur to learn about the history and know about the sikh community. It wasnt done to hurt anyone sentiments or anything for that matter. However, if i have hurt anyone or they think that I dont respect there culture/religion. I am Sorry,” the apology read.

Further, she also added that she wouldn’t have taken pictures had she not seen people belonging to the Sikh community take pictures as well. “These pictures were just a part of a memory that i went there. Nothing more nothing less,” she further added.

Probe by Pakistani Police Initiated

Meanwhile, according to a NDTV report, the Pakistani police have begun a probe into the matter and are investigating all the angles of the photoshoot. Moreover, Pakistan’s own Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the designer and model must apologize to the people belonging to the Sikh community.