Muslim woman denied a job in Delhi Orphanage because she wears ‘Hijab’

New Delhi: Islamophobia, a wide spread phenomenon in recent times has entered in our country as well. And the latest victim is a 27-year-old woman from Patna who is in the national capital on a job hunt.

Nedal Zoya, a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, couldn’t get a job in a Delhi orphanage for the post of a social worker because she wears the hijab – a headscarf to be precise.

Zoya applied for a job vacancy for a Girl Orphanage located in Kotla Mubarakpur through their website in October. She emailed across her job application along with her photographs and appeared for online test as requested.

In response to her online test and email, she received a reply from Harish Varma, President and CEO, Delhi Orphanage stating that their institution is “religion-free for both staff and students. But I am sorry to inform that from even a distance of one kilometer you look like a Muslim lady due to your external Muslim gears”.

Zoya wrote back saying she is a Muslim woman and wearing hijab covering her head is a “priority” for her.

As claimed by Varma that he wanted his institution to be religion-free, she had a poser: “Would you be performing pooja during festivals? Or would you allow girls in the orphan to offer namaz or do pooja”.

Later Varma in his reply on Tuesday, in an angry tone, wrote that he was “shocked” to know that “conservative Islam was Zoya’s priority, not humanity” and that “her higher education has gone down the drain”.

He reiterated that he wanted to keep his orphanage “religion-free”, “even free from Hinduism”, and “will not allow any kind of religious activities inside his orphanage”.

He further wrote that they have hired another Muslim girl — “who has modern thoughts with religion-free mindset despite the fact that she is born, raised and is living in Batla House, New Delhi”.