Models visiting Taj Mahal asked to remove 'saffron' scarves
In argument erupted after Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials barred the contestants from several countries participating in a super model contest from visiting the 'Taj Mahal' wearing scarves bearing Hindu religious symbols and words like ' Jai Shri Ram'.
Right-wing organisations including Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) asserted that the religious sentiments of Hindus were hurt with the incident and have launched a protest in Agra.
On Thursday, Members of HJM had protested outside the office of the Archaeological Survey of India office at Mall Road.
The ASI and the CISF later said that they only acted as per rules and the controversy was uncalled for.
At least 34 foreign models, who are in India to participate in the Supermodel International Contest being held in Delhi from April 12-22, had visited the Taj Mahal with some of them covering their heads with saffron scarves to protect themselves from the heat.
When they were about to enter the monument, they were asked by the CISF personnel to remove those scarves.