The National Commission for Women today asked the Delhi Police commissioner to review the incident wherein a woman was ostensibly denied entry in a restaurant in Delhi for wearing a saree (sari), and take necessary action in the matter.

As a short clip went viral, the restaurant issued a statement that the video was deceptive and the woman was stopped for misbehaving with a staffer. The woman and her daughter, however, have dismissed the claim and said the staff was rude to them. Anita Choudhury shared a video of her experience at Aquila, a posh south Delhi restaurant at Ansal Plaza. Posting a clip of the incident that took place on September 19, the woman wrote, “Saree is not allowed in Aquila restaurant as Indian saree is now not a smart outfit. What is the concrete definition of a smart outfit? Plz tell me.”

In the video, a woman employee of the hotel can be heard saying, “We only allow smart casuals and saree does not come under smart casuals”. The woman tagged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union ministers Amit Shah and Hardeep Singh Puri on Twitter.

Well, saree is a part of Indian culture and women in India majorly wear saree, therefore denying any woman entry to a restaurant on the basis of her outfit is a violation of her right to live with dignity. Even the National Commission condemns the arbitrary and bizarre behavior of the restaurant staff and its policies.

We hope that a right action is taken against the restaurant for its arbitrary behavior.

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Joydev Mishra


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