MUMBAI – About 15 minutes after applying for a marketing job at a multinational jewelry exports company in Mumbai, 23 year old MBA graduate Zeeshan Ali Khan received a reply that said: “We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates.”
Two of his classmates, Mukund Mani and Omkar Bansode, also applied for the same job and they were called for interviews the very next day but Khan failed to get the job.
His class mates refused to join to protest against what they saw as religious discrimination.
In an interview with NDTV, Khan said “I was looking for a job, I came to know about a recruitment drive taking place at Hare Krishna Exports Pvt LTD, one of the leading exports houses of the country. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to start my career with them.”
Khan described his reaction, “I was shocked. I took a screenshot and posted it on social media… Activists from across the country said I should go to the police and file a case of religious discrimination.”
“At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting foreign countries and inviting them for investment and pushing ahead the ‘Make in India’ campaign, the leading export houses are rejecting candidates for their religion,” he said.
Right after the screenshot circulated on Facebook and Twitter, Khan received another regret email from the company stating that “The Human Resource trainee who denied job to Zeeshan Khan has been suspended.”
“It was a blunder and personal mess created by one of our trainees who has no decision making power. We have 61 employees in our office here including one Muslim in the HR team,” Hari Krishna Exports Private Ltd said in the mail.
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