Delhi restaurant issues clarification over saree row, claims guest slapped


[New Delhi: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members protest after a Delhi restaurant received flak on the social media for allegedly refusing entry to a woman as she was wearing a saree, in New Delhi, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. ( /PTI] New Delhi, Sep 23 : Delhi restaurant Aquila which allegedly denied the entry to a woman wearing saree has issued clarification and responded to the controversy. Aquila took to its Instagram account to say that it is a home grown brand that believes in honouring the Indian community and has always welcomed their guests in all dress codes from modern to traditional. "We believe in utmost transparency and are hence attaching snippets of people who have visited our restaurant in a traditional dress code previously," added the restaurant in the statement. "A guest visited the restaurant and was politely requested to wait at the gate as there was no reservation under her name. However, while we discussed internally as to where we could seat them, the guest entered the restaurant and began to abuse our staff. What unfolded after was beyond our imagination, with the guest slapping our manager," the restaurant claimed in the statement. It said further that to tackle the situation and the guest to leave, one of our staff made a statement that saree is not a part of our smart causal dress code and our whole team apologizes for the same. However, Anita Choudhary, the woman who was denied entry to the restaurant, has a different story to tell. She told IANS that all allegations are baseless and the video released by the restaurant is fabricated. She said, "I never pushed any of their staff. No video footage shows that I pushed any of them." On Wednesday, a woman claimed that she was denied entry to a restaurant in a South Delhi mall because she was dressed in a saree, the video of which went viral on the social media. In the video which was uploaded by Anita Chaudhry herself, a restaurant staff can be seen saying that they don't allow women wearing saree as it is not a smart outfit. /IANS


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