A popular bakery in Chennai has courted controversy after posting an advertisement that said that they hire only Jain workers and that no Muslim staff had been hired.
The Times of India reports that the message came through WhatsApp and the poster used by the bakery, named Jain Bakeries and Confectioneries, had "No Muslim Staff" written on it in bold. Ever since this went viral on social media, the bakery has drawn a lot of flak for stigmatizing a particular community.
A Jain Bakery in India Chennai has publicised a rabidly anti-Muslim poster, saying it doesn't employ Muslims to prepare its food products. @AlGhurair98 @LadyVelvet_HFQ @alnassar_kw@DrAlshoreka @malsharijaEconomic boycott started! https://t.co/MusXrnFFO9#Islamophobiainindia— chico-Falcon (@FalconSpeak) May 8, 2020
Make Jain bakery in Chennai famous for their BIGOTRY.This is against the Indian Constitution.Anti-National Jain Bakery in Chennai pic.twitter.com/PiflueBlhR— Syedda Shahid (@QueenOEuphrates) May 8, 2020
A Jain bakery based in Chennai while advertising itself specifically states that 'it does not have any Muslim staffs'! Let us tag this (attached pic) until it reaches the sections of media and Police; let us not stop until these migrant hate promoting Jain's arent booked! https://t.co/PnaRZ5ymYd— Dusky Tamizhachi (@TamizhRatsaschi) May 8, 2020
Speaking to TOI, the bakery clarified that they put out such a message in response to multiple queries by customers about whether they hired Muslim workers or not. To put an end to such questions, the bakery decided to send out a message on WhatsApp.
Later, it was reported that the owner of the bakery located in T Nagar in Chennai was arrested and had been booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including "provocation to cause a riot."