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Centre orders probe into saffron scarves issue at Taj Mahal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Centre has ordered a probe into reports of foreign models being asked to remove saffron scarves before entering the Taj Mahal.

"You can wear anything, whether it is yellow, red or green. There is no restrictions with regard clothing. There is no guideline from our side. We have set up an inquiry into the matter," Tourism and Culture Minister told PTI.

The minister asserted that there are no restrictions with regard to the clothing for visiting the world famous 17th century monument.

He, however, said that a tourist guide or a policeman could have asked them to remove the saffron scarves and the truth will emerge after the probe.

34 models are representing their country in the 11-day Supermodel International Contest which started on April 12.

During their visit to the Taj Mahal, some of them covered their head with saffron scarves to protect themselves from the heat.

When they were about to enter the monument, they were reportedly asked to remove the scarves.

The incident evoked protest from some Hindu outfits including the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) which said it hurt their religious sentiment.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 18:29 IST