Kolkata mall allegedly denies entry to film maker for wearing ‘dhoti’

The film maker said: "This is unambiguously a new low for this city. Private clubs have always created hierarchies and distinctions because of clothing. Now public spaces are also threatened and a culture of segregation based on class is being practiced unhindered. I write this with a sense of deep disgust." 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2017 10:41 pm
When news agency PTI got in touch with Avikunthak and asked for his opinion on the same, he said: “What have I to say about the whole incident? Please go through my Facebook post which has narrated the entire consequence.”(ANI Photo)

In yet another incident involving traditional clothing, a film maker was on Saturday reportedly denied entry into a city mall for wearing a dhoti. In a Facebook post today, film maker Ashish Avikunthak claimed he was denied entry by mall authorities for wearing a dhoti. The post by the film maker read: “Denying entry into the neo-colonial clubs of Kolkata is nothing new. But today I was denied entry into the …. mall because I was wearing dhoti (which I have been wearing for the last 26 years). On resisting and questioning I was told that we have orders because of security reasons to prohibit entry of people in lungi and dhoti. I was eventually allowed in because I could argue in English and assert myself.”

Avikunthak further said: “This is unambiguously a new low for this city. Private clubs have always created hierarchies and distinctions because of clothing. Now public spaces are also threatened and a culture of segregation based on class is being practised unhindered. I write this with a sense of deep disgust.”

Meanwhile, when news agency PTI got in touch with Avikunthak and asked for his opinion on the same, he said: “What have I to say about the whole incident? Please go through my Facebook post which has narrated the entire consequence.” However, Avikunthak’s companion Debaleena Sen, told PTI, “We were about to enter the mall when Ashis was stopped by security guards who said he can’t be allowed inside since he was wearing a dhoti. As we argued and Ashis spoke in English the mall officials came and allowed him in. Probably after hearing him speak in English, they were assured that he belonged to higher social profile and can be allowed in. We immediately came out in protest.”

The film makers friend claimed she was recording a video of the whole incident on her mobile, which the mall employees asked her not to. When the mall authorities were contacted by PTI, they denied the charges saying security personnel at the gate had, in fact, asked the film maker to wait and went to the supervisor to seek his opinion. He was then allowed in.

This incident comes close on the heels of one Tailin Lyngdoh from Meghalaya who was asked by Delhi Golf Club to leave the dining hall because the club’s staffers believed her traditional outfit looked like a “maid’s uniform”. The incident sparked widespread outrage with Union minister Kiren Rijiju termed it as a clear case of racial discrimination.

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    Mriganka Sur
    Jul 16, 2017 at 10:52 pm
    A Proper investigation should be done on what actually happened there, just allegation is not enough. People who are reading this and commenting nonsense need to be more logical than emotional!In the latest news The mall authority saying they have the CCTV video of the event, why we dont have a news on that?
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      Kulaputra
      Jul 16, 2017 at 6:00 am
      Burka is allowed but not Dhoti. Wonderful. Kolkata is now a suburb of "islama bad": may be rename it to Osamabad.
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        MyTake
        Jul 16, 2017 at 2:41 am
        My another analysis is it is designed to show some sign of harassing of Hindus successfully to attract Mamata's "Mamata" (blessings)! This was a policy in Congie era where the hooligans and criminals would get seats in the front row by outdoing each other in an undeclared completion to denigrate Hindus! And they did get it!
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          MyTake
          Jul 16, 2017 at 2:33 am
          Looks like the mental space is completely taken over tby the Taliban sympathisers!
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            shivay
            Jul 16, 2017 at 1:21 am
            why RSS and BJP Pseudo nationalists not wearing dhoti and wearing Islamic dress of Kurta pyjama.
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              ARC
              Jul 16, 2017 at 4:01 am
              Why brown slave Christians of white rapist church are not wearing what Jesus wore which is nothing and why you don't hang live in cross?
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              shivay
              Jul 16, 2017 at 1:19 am
              Chaddis left dhotis long back
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                ARC
                Jul 16, 2017 at 4:02 am
                Why brown slave Christians of white rapist church are not wearing what Jesus wore which is nothing and why you don't hang live on cross nailed?
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                Ask
                Jul 16, 2017 at 12:51 am
                Firangi ka cultural influence ab hi hai...akhir gulami ka ashar hai...tan azad hai lekin maan abhi bhi gulam hai.
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                  nitin
                  Jul 16, 2017 at 12:15 am
                  A while back , kejriwal wore a pair of indian chappals to an official function , and Sanghi COWTARDS erupted in frothing outrage. Some English peons even wrote open letters to him asking him to be more British like the rest of them . These Morons are still beholden to their British masters and they still suffer from a Colonial mindset. They even wear suit and tie in 40 degree weather to appear professional. As if professionalism is somehow related to your western attire.
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