Hairstylist Jawed Habib Booked For 'Insulting' Hindu Gods
Hairstylist Jawed Habib Booked For 'Insulting' Hindu Gods

A case has been registered against hair stylist Jawed Habib at the Saidabad police station for allegedly insulting Hindu Gods in a newspaper advertisement published in Kolkata two days ago.
The ad showed Hindu gods Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya getting their hair fixed, applying makeup, and counting money with Durga looking over them in a Jawed Habib salon. The controversial ad in question carried the caption 'Gods too visit JH Salon'.
Based on a complaint by advocate K K Sagar, police registered a complaint under IPC section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs). A complaint was lodged against Habib and his chain of salons for issuing an advertisement that allegedly insulted Hindu Gods.
In a video posted on twitter Habib said the ad was released in Kolkata by a local franchise without seeking their permission. Admitting that the ad has hurt religious sentiments, Habib said he apologises for the mistake. "One of our partners released the advertisement in Kolkata. I have been working for 25 years. My only religion is scissors. Sentiments have been hurt. I apologise for this,” he said in the video.
After the controversy, FIRs have been registered against Habib in places like Varanasi and Hyderabad. A Jawed Habib salon in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district was also vandalised by workers of the Hindu Jagran Manch on Saturday morning.
Regional Secretary of the Hindu Jagran Manch Vimal Dwivedi said sacrilege of Hindu gods would not be tolerated at any cost. "We will not allow the salon to operate," he said.
"Deserved Respect"
Habib, who has apologised for hurting religious sentiments with a Durga Puja ad, says it was a "blunder" but feels the "unethical" words people are using to criticize it has taken away three decades of his hard work.
The controversy began with an ad of Jawed Habib's salon, showing Goddess Durga having a spa day. He was trolled on social media, but later apologised for the mistake, which he says was made by his master franchisee of West Bengal.
Habib, a veteran in the field of hair education, feels he deserves respect.
"This is our culture and we did so many good things in the past. I know it was a blunder, (a) mistake but we deserve respect also. People are writing unethical words. Do we deserve this? Seems like 30 years of hard work has just gone," Habib told news agency IANS in a telephonic conversation.


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