After reports of a Khasi woman being asked to leave the Delhi Golf Club for violating dress-code attracted huge backlash, the Delhi Golf Club Limited has issued a letter accepting its mistake. It has also tendered apologies to Tailin Lyngdoh and Nivedita Barthakur, an entrepreneur from Northeast India and Honorary Advisor, Health, Government of Assam.
“The management has immediately investigated the incident, and it has emerged that the incident could have been handled in a much better way by the staff member. It was also confirmed that the guests were not asked to leave the premises,” reads the letter.
As per DGC management, the action has been taken in this concern. An apology has been made to the member who has brought the guest. “This has been unconditionally accepted,” reads the letter.
Meghalaya woman, Tailin had said that she was told to leave the Delhi Golf Club as she was wearing a traditional Khasi dress. “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,” said Tailin.
“I have been to the biggest restaurants and clubs in London, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. But before yesterday, no one had asked me to leave their premises,” she added.
“The host booked a table for nine people, which included Tailin. She was seated with us and not separately on another table or in a corner. We had just ordered our drinks when two employees of the club walked up to our table and told Tailin that she would have to leave the dining room as maids were not allowed inside,” said Barthakur, reported Indian Express.
“They told her she looks Nepali and that her dress looks like that of a maid. We argued with them, telling them she was the guest of a member, but the insults did not stop,” Barthakur said. “The room was full of Delhi elites who make their maids and nannies wait outside in the heat. It was so appalling at many levels: that a citizen of India is judged on her dress and treated as a pariah; that in this day and age, human rights of so many citizens can be trampled upon…,” Barthakur added.