Khasi woman says told to leave Delhi Golf Club over attire

According to one Nivedita Barthakur, she and Lyngdoh were both guests of a Delhi Golf Club member. Ten minutes into the lunch, two club employees approached Tailin and told her that she had to leave, Barthakur alleged

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 27, 2017 1:36 pm
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An elderly woman from Meghalaya has alleged she was asked to leave the Delhi Golf Club on Sunday as she was wearing a traditional Khasi dress. “They told me, ‘Leave the dining hall, maids are not allowed.’ They were very rude. I felt ashamed and angry. I was wearing the traditional Khasi dress — Jainsem — and they told me this dress was not allowed,” the woman, Tailin Lyngdoh, said. Tailin, who is a governess, and her employer, Nivedita Barthakur, were invited for lunch at the Delhi Golf Club by a member.

“I have been to the biggest restaurants and clubs in London, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. But before yesterday, no one had asked me to leave their premises,” Lyngdoh said.

When contacted, officials of the Delhi Golf Club declined to comment. Read | Delhi Golf Club says Meghalaya woman’s ouster was ‘unfortunate’ and being given political overtones Click here

According to Barthakur, she and Lyngdoh were both guests of a Delhi Golf Club member. Ten minutes into the lunch, two club employees approached Tailin and told her that she had to leave, Barthakur alleged. “The host booked a table for nine people, which included Tailin. She was seated with us and not separately on another table or in a corner. We had just ordered our drinks when two employees of the club walked up to our table and told Tailin that she would have to leave the dining room as maids were not allowed inside,” said Barthakur.

“They told her she looks Nepali and that her dress looks like that of a maid. We argued with them, telling them she was the guest of a member, but the insults did not stop,” Barthakur alleged. She also hit out at guests who were seated in the dining hall when Lyngdoh was asked to leave.

“The room was full of Delhi elites who make their maids and nannies wait outside in the heat. It was so appalling at many levels: that a citizen of India is judged on her dress and treated as a pariah; that in this day and age, human rights of so many citizens can be trampled upon…,” Barthakur, who also wrote about the incident on her Facebook page, alleged.

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  1. R
    Jun 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm
    All Clubs have their own rules, and the members are expected to follow. This is not Club's fault, or that of the Government. The Club member to be blamed for this. There is no point doing bla bla in public or thro Media.
    1. E
      Jun 27, 2017 at 10:51 pm
      This is completely racism most north indian people have such dominant character and they always want to control and always want to control... I dont like the character in a diverse country and democratic country
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        L bhadrapati Devi
        Jun 27, 2017 at 10:49 pm
        The at ude of club members should be changed by taking severe penalty like discrimination against ST and racial profiling. Such club may invite vandalizing the club and office any time. Our unity in diversity is insulted by such elite club.
        1. P
          Jun 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm
          Best action, would be to take legal recourse. To teach the club and its office bearers a lesson.
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              Urmila Duhan
              Jun 27, 2017 at 12:09 pm
              In the armed forces officers clubs of the country, they have made a dress code which is entirely colonial in mindset i.e., allowed dress is trousers, shirts with certain look etc etc. This means, if Mahatma Gandhi were to enter the armed forces club in his dhoti and sandals, he would not be allowed in today's date and time. An indian farmer, who tills the land with his own sweat and blood and provides an honest meal to his family and to the country, who happens to wear his traditional dhoti and pagadi, would be considered inappropriate guest at the armed forces club. An Indian traditional dress should not be barred from anywhere in the country, least of all the government ins utions. I am proud of wearing Indian traditional dresses and it hurts people like me to see rampant discrimination based on one's traditional Indian attire in one's own country.
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                Urmila Duhan
                Jun 27, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                I would not go to the so called elite Delhi Golf Club, let alone become a member.
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                  Paddy Singh
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                  First, it is impossible to become a member, second the armed forces, do not suffer from a hangover. A farmer wears a dhoti because it is convenient to work in this dress. But it is common to see them wear a trouser when otherwise. Even those who are street cleaners wear jeans or trousers and not pyjamas. the former is no longer a reminder of colonial dress but something that is accepted universally. Even people of countries that were not colonised, wear trousers / suit at formal occasions. And yes the armed forces have a dress regulation and fortunately so or would be the laughing stock of the world. Gandhi wore a dhoti in revolt against the British, but did his law properly dressed and would have had enough common sense to wear suitable atre in an officer's mess - a sherwani and churidar which is the national dress which you would call a hangover from the Maharajas. OUR PROBLEM IS MISTREATING LOWER STAFF AND NOT KNOWING OUR OWN PEOPLE AND WHAT THEY WEAR.
              2. J
                Jun 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                It is a real SHAME . Instead of bonding all Indians such ins utions are fragmenting Indians, they are a danger to this nation . These should be dealt with severely asap and shamed publically, however politically incorrect it may seem.
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                  Arjun Rodrigues
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 12:02 pm
                  There is right of admission reserved, any place can have a dress code
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