Kolkata mall denied entry to this man because he wore dhoti, but was allowed later when he argued in English

People have slammed the mall authorities and asked how Indian attires were unacceptable in India. People have started a campaign online to boycott the mall.

By: Trends Desk | Kolkata | Updated: July 17, 2017 7:18 am
A Facebook user shared the shameful incident and the post has gone viral. (Source: Debleena Sen/ Facebook)

We have heard stories of men in the traditional Indian attire being denied entry in clubs, eateries and other public places in India during the British Raj. It seems that even in 2017, the colonial hangover is still looming in the erstwhile British capital.  In a Facebook post, Kolkata resident Deboleena Sen alleged that a man was not allowed to enter Kolkata’s Quest mall just because he was wearing a dhoti-kurta. But he was later allowed in as he argued with the guards in English.

Yup. Believe it.

Shocked by the “racial profiling” in her own country, Sen took to Facebook and wrote, “Apparently wearing dhoti or lungi isn’t allowed in this particular mall anymore. This form of racial profiling has induced in our society so much that it’s disgusting.”

She elaborated what happened at the mall further and posted two videos and a photo that has gained national attention. In less than 6 hours, it had more than 1,500 shares and the video had garnered over 1 lakh views, at the time of filing this story.

In her post, she stated that after stopping them from entering the mall, through walky-talkies, the guards informed some people from the management and “then let him enter only because the man in question argued in ENGLISH.” To support her claim, she had a video showing the man demanding an explanation for the mall’s discriminatory practices.

Later, when they entered the mall, she also tried to capture the video of a mall manager interacting with the man but was asked to stop recording. Disgusted by the entire incident they left the mall and later appealed on social media to boycott it.

Read her full post here.

Here’s what people had to say:

Later, when they entered the mall, she also tried to capture the video of a mall manager interacting with the man but was asked to stop recording. Disgusted by the entire incident they left the mall and later appealed on social media to boycott it.

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    Amitabha Sengupta
    Jul 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm
    Dress code for entering Malls??? Goodness...Is it Twenty Seventeen(2017)..and that too an Indian attire being barred in a Mall that stands to run their business in Kolkata?? Pathetic is the only word...
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      Rabi Ranjan Sen
      Jul 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm
      There should be a protest by getting a group of at least 25 youth all entering Quest Mall together wearing dhotis. Let's see what they say.
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        Nazia Parveen
        Jul 16, 2017 at 8:54 am
        This is wrong authority should apologies sometimes wearing kurta,bouqa, now dhoti we r Indian we should respect each other...and in kolkata I think this is the first case that I heard
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          Mister R
          Jul 16, 2017 at 1:34 am
          They should not have simply DENIED him entry, they should have kicked him back to the tree he climbed down from. Sanjiv Goenka should have done this HIMSELF!
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            VIVEK
            Jul 16, 2017 at 2:11 am
            Then you and Sanjiv both would have been kicked out to a nearby zoo. Many states have come out of colonial hangover . Bengal along with many others too need to come out of that.
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