With the Indian government easing the lockdown restrictions and allowing restaurants to welcome customers, a viral video of a Delhi eatery denying entry to a woman dressed in a saree has left many Twitter users fuming. With more and more netizens joining the conversation and sharing their opinion, the restaurant policy is being slammed for not recognising saree as a part of ‘smart casual wear’.
The concerned video that has grabbed everyone’s attention highlights the restaurant staff denying entry to the woman dressed in a saree. “Ma’am, we allow only smart casuals, and saree does not come under smart casuals. That’s it,” a female staff member responds when quizzed about the restaurant policy.
Saree is not allowed in Aquila restaurant as Indian Saree is now not an smart outfit.What is the concrete definition of Smart outfit plz tell me @AmitShah @HardeepSPuri @CPDelhi @NCWIndia
Please define smart outfit so I will stop wearing saree @PMishra_Journo #lovesaree pic.twitter.com/c9nsXNJOAO
— anita choudhary (@anitachoudhary) September 20, 2021
Twitter user Anita Choudary shared the clip on the microblogging site, earlier this week, and within no time it grabbed everyone’s attention. While one slammed the restaurant for not acknowledging Indian traditional wear, another user shared her experience of donning a saree to fancy restaurants in foreign countries.
Saree is a traditional n very dignified attire for women. Even in our Missions abroad, saree is preferred by Indian ladies on important occasions n even appreciated by foreigners. How can saree be disallowed in a Delhi restaurant?@HMOIndia
@nsitharaman @SmritiIrani@M_Lekhi https://t.co/NsAtvj64hb
— SuryaVeer 🇮🇳 (@Veer09Rudra) September 22, 2021
This is the lady who was denied entry at Aquila Restaurant, New Delhi for being dressed in a saree as according to the deracinated colonial slave hostess, saree is not ‘smart casual’! Most bizarre thing I heard! https://t.co/Kp9AjmiJb2
— Shefali Vaidya. 🇮🇳 (@ShefVaidya) September 22, 2021
Irrespective of the restaurant’s right of admission, they can’t deny #saree wearing woman to enter in a restaurant/ Pub..
cancel their bar license @ArvindKejriwal @msisodia Ji, Is your new excise policy responsible ? show respect to women. 🙏@LtGovDelhi @CPDelhi https://t.co/u4klhuIkmL
— #pVt (@Parth_V_Thakkar) September 22, 2021
Shame on #aquilarestaurant You are an Indian and you are denying entry to people in Indian attire?
You are hurting our heritage!
If you are so westernised stop your functionality in India and move west!@smritiirani @poonam_mahajan you must take a stand in this https://t.co/8sfeARMXps
— thegirlintheparalleluniverse🌼 🇮🇳 (@AwakenYuvti) September 22, 2021
What the fuck is this Saree is not allowed
Saree is our pride #banaquilarestaurant@AmitShah @PMOIndia @narendramodi @AmitShahOffice @HardeepSPuri @CPDelhi @Republic_Bharat @CNNnews18 @ABPNews @BBCBreaking @aajtak https://t.co/HnyKkAMwtj
— Thakur Sachin (@sSachinThakur) September 22, 2021
As the saree row gained momentum, the concerned restaurant responded to the controversy by posting a clarification statement on their respective social media handle. “Nowhere in our company policy does it say that we will refuse entry to anybody in ethnic wear,” read the statement.
The restaurant authorities even shared the CCTV footage of the woman slapping the manager and wrote, “What unfolded after was beyond our imagination, with the guest slapping our manager.”
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