Hindu Symbols under target in UK

via Media Inputs published on September 18, 2007

London: Amrit Lalji a Gujarathi Woman who was working as a customer relations worker for Eurest which supplies food and services to British Airway’s VIP lounge at Heathrow lost her job for wearing a tiny nose stud.


She was discriminated against it as she made it clear that she is wearing it as part of her Hindu faith.
 
“It was so small it was almost impossible to see. I was completely happy to wear all the uniform. I’m just asking for a little bit of tolerance and common sense over me wearing a nose stud,”


“As a married Gujarati woman it’s a must to wear it. It only comes out when you become a widow. I told them that I can’t remove my nose ring because my husband is alive,” she told


She had worn the stud without any complaints from customers since she started work in March last year. But, last month she was told by bosses at Eurest that a BA manager had ordered her to remove it or lose her job. She was fired last week after a disciplinary hearing. 


Hindu Council in the UK has flayed the company’s decision.


“It is as integral a part of the Hindu wedding ceremony as the giving of a wedding ring is within a Christian marriage. These marks are not just the outward symbol of marriage — traditionally they are believed to help ensure the match is harmonious.


“If the company concerned allows wedding bands, we don’t see why she can’t wear a tiny nose stud,” a spokesperson of the council was quoted as saying.

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