Tuesday 18 July 2017

Man wearing dhoti denied entry at Kolkata mall, allowed after he argued in English

A man in Kolkata was barred from entering a mall after he came wearing a dhoti. He was let off soon after he argued in chaste English.

It seems some parts of the country continue to reel under colonial hangover. In a shocking incident a man was prevented from entering a mall for wearing a dhoti.

A friend of the man claimed that he was dressed respectably yet the mall officials prohibited him upon looking at his traditional Indian dress.

The incident took place at Kolkata's Quest Mall.

Incidentally, it has been reported that the man was let off soon after he argued in chaste English.

Sources said that the man was stopped by security personnel outside the mall who later informed the management.

A friend of the man in question confirmed that he was allowed inside only after he argued with he security personnel in English.

The man later confirmed that when they approached the mall's management, they were told that people wearing 'dhoti' or 'lungi' were not allowed inside.

The incident has triggered a barrage of reactions on social media with several people attributing the incident to racial profiling.

Soon after the incident, a Kolkata based actor Debleena Sen shared videos and images of the incident. Sen also said that when the man approached the management they were specifically asked not to film the interaction.

Incidentally, this is the second such incident in less than a month's time. A woman from northeast was stopped from entering Delhi Golf Club for wearing the traditional dress Jainsem.

(Source: India Today)

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