A man was allegedly stopped from entering Kolkata's Quest Mall on Saturday for wearing a 'dhoti'. The incident happened on Saturday when the guest was stopped by the security guards outside the mall.
The man was wearing a traditional Indian dress, a dhoti, and was "respectably dressed", according to his friend, Debleena Sen, who was with him when the incident took place.
"Yet another incident. After a series of restaurants it's now a mall refusing entry to someone. A man wearing a dhoti and kurta was not allowed to enter a mall in Kolkata today. Apparently wearing dhoti or lungi isn't allowed in this particular mall anymore,” Debleena, a Kolkata-based actor, wrote in a Facebook post.
She added that "this form of racial profiling has induced in our society so much that it's disgusting."
In the post, she mentioned that the guards first stopped the guest who was wearing dhoti. Later they allowed his entry only because the guest questioned them in English. In the video, the guest is seen asking the reason behind not allowing his entry but the mall officials seem clueless.
"The guards outside stopped him and confirmed with someone over the walky-talky and then let him enter only because the man in question argued in English,” she said.
However, the class bias witnessed did not stop there as when the two friends approached the mall management, a man there clearly stated that it was their policy to not let anyone wearing a dhoti or a lungi to enter the premises, she said.
"When the manager of the place (some woman) came in and sat down to talk, she told me strictly that I cannot video record anything even though I clearly have the right to record anything in a public space. That's when we decided it's best to leave the place to rot,” she said.
Hours after Debleena Sen shared the matter on Facebook, it became viral and the post has been shared by more than 1200 people so far.
However, no reaction has been received from the Quest Mall authority so far.
In a similar incident which took place last month, a northeast woman was denied entry in Delhi Golf Club because she was wearing a jainsem, a traditional Khasi dress.