Complaints have been lodged on Thursday against hair stylist Jawed Habib accusing him of insulting and demeaning Hindu Gods in a newspaper advertisement for his salon.
Total of two complaints have been filed against the hair stylist.
One of the complaints was lodged by one K Karuna Sagar, a practising advocate, filed a complaint with the Saidabad police stating that while browsing through social media sites he came across a photo of an advertisment issued by Jawed Habib in a newspaper allegedly depicting the HIndu Gods and Goddesses in derogatory and insulting way.
According to the complaint the ad, which carried the caption ‘Gods too visit JH Saloon’ insulted his religious sentiments.
A police official of Saidabad Police Station said, “We are verifying. NO case has been registered so far.”
The second complaint against Habib was lodged by University of Hyderabad student with Gachibowli Police. The student too had accused the hair stylist of hurting religious sentiments.
A police official from Gachibowli Police station said that they have made a General Diary entry and were seeking legal opinion.
Habib offered an apology through a video message posted on his Twitter handle.
In the video he said that one of his partners released the advertisement without permission in Kolkata.
“Our system is through franchise and sentiments have been hurt. I have been working for 25 years. My only religion is scissor… I apologise,” said the Habib.
A letter was also posted on the social media handle in name of Jawed Habib Hair and Beauty limited which read, “We never ever intended to hurt the sentiments of any community. It was done without our knowledge of the company by some local people in West Bengal. We undertake to remove all such advertisement material from the media."
The letter further added, "If our ad campaign had inadvertently hurt anyone's sentiments we apologise for that to the public at large.”
(With PTI inputs)