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Five months ago, this young man was denied access to one South Delhi’s eating joint, on account of his disability. Few days back, this 27-year-old disability rights activist Nipun Malhotra put forward a proposal to Zomato, an online restaurant listing service, for introduction of a feature – ‘Disabled-friendly’ in its search filter.
And Zomato was quick to respond to his request, which will eventually benefit millions of disabled people.
His earlier tweet where he described his plight sparked outrage amongst tweeple who were upset with the reaction of the restaurant and regarded it ‘highly insensitive’.
In March Nipun and his friends had visited the niche restaurant Keya in DLF Promenade , Vasant Kunj to enjoy their meal, when Nipun was blatantly denied access inside the premises of the restaurant. The manager said they did not allow disabled people in the restaurant as a policy.
Nipun has however made sure this doesn’t happen to any other disabled person. Zomato has agreed to incorporate this feature on Nipun’s request and is in the process of approaching all the 50,000 restaurants listed on their service.
The restaurant that barred Nipun’s entry later on clarified its stand on Twitter and apologised to him.