Pakistani model Sauleha, who received immense amount of criticism after she posed ‘bareheaded’ in Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, has apologised for her actions as it hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.
Taking to Instagram, Sauleha posted her apology, saying that she did not intend to hurt anyone and the pictures were supposed to be a memory of her visit to Kartarpur Sahib.
“Recently I posted a picture on Instagram that was not even a part of a shoot or anything. I just went to Kartarpur to learn about the history and know about the Sikh community. It wasnt done to hurt anyone sentiments or anything for that matter. However, if I have hurt anyone or they think that I dont respect there culture. I am Sorry,” she wrote.
Both the brand and the model also clarified that the pictures were not part of a photo-shoot.
In her apology note, Sauleha also said that she “respects the Sikh culture” and will be more mindful and responsible in future.
Shiromani Akali Dal spokesperson Manjinder Singh Sirsa and other users shared the photos pointing that the model was bareheaded.
Covering one’s head in a gurdwara is mandatory and considered as a way of showing respect for the revered place.
Following the tweet by Sirsa, police initiated a probe into the incident. The police said that they are investigating all aspects relating to the photo-shoot and will take strict legal action against those responsible.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also said that the designer and model must apologise to the Sikh community.
“Kartarpur Sahib is a religious symbol and not a film set,” he tweeted.