New Delhi: Celebrity hair style Jawed Habib, who has apologised for hurting religious sentiments with a Durga Puja ad, says it was a "blunder" but feels the "unethical" words people are using to criticize it has taken away three decades of his hard work.
Seems 30 Years Of Hard Work Has Gone: Habib On Durga Puja Ad Row
The controversy began with an ad of Jawed Habib's salon, showing Goddess Durga having a spa day. He was trolled on social media, but later apologised for the mistake, which he says was made by his master franchisee of West Bengal.
Meanwhile, a lawyer named Vinay Pandey filed a case in a Uttar Pradesh court on Wednesday against him for using images of Hindu gods and goddesses in the advertisement to promote his salons.
Habib, a veteran in the field of hair education, feels he deserves respect.
"This is our culture and we did so many good things in the past. I know it was a blunder, (a) mistake but we deserve respect also. People are writing unethical words. Do we deserve this? Seems like 30 years of hard work has just gone," Habib told IANS in a telephonic conversation.
Explaining what went behind the ad, he said: "It happened by the master franchisee of West Bengal. He is a Hindu and I am not sure what changed his mind. But he did a mistake and since he is my partner, I have taken the responsibility and came out saying sorry."
"I am an Indian and I have been working on hair education in this country for 30 years. My religion is only hair education. I don't think such mistakes should happen because I am a part of India and we have sentiments," he added.
The UP court has fixed September 11 for hearing the case.