The Delhi High Court Wedneday quashed the order of the Meghalaya State Commission for Women summoning the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) secretary over a Khasi woman being asked to leave the dining room over her traditional attire.
Justice Vibhu Bakhru said the Meghalaya Women’s Commission has no jurisdiction to summon the secretary of the Delhi Golf Club.
The High Court had, on July 13, stayed the state commission’s order summoning the secretary. The commission had directed the secretary of the club to appear in person before it on July 14. Challenging the commission’s order, the club, in its plea argued by senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, had said that the commission in Meghalaya did not have jurisdiction to issue such a direction on an incident which had happened outside the state.
Following this, the High Court had put a stay on the order on July 13.
On June 25, staffers of the DGC had asked Lyngdoh to leave a dining room because her traditional Khasi attire, jainsem, looked like a “maid’s uniform”.
Lyngdoh had told The Indian Express: “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.”
In a letter to Lyngdoh on August 4, DGC president Siddharth Shriram said: “We sincerely regret any inadvertent embarrassment that may have been caused to you…”