Delhi Golf Club asks Meghalaya woman to leave: Management dismisses allegations; Kiren Rijiju says it's racial discrimination

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma discussed the Delhi Golf Club issue with Rijiju and urged him to file a case against the club.

FP Staff June 28, 2017 14:42:34 IST
Delhi Golf Club asks Meghalaya woman to leave: Management dismisses allegations; Kiren Rijiju says it's racial discrimination

In what is being seen as a case of discrimination against the people of North East, a woman from Meghalaya was asked by the staff of The Delhi Gold Club to leave the premises on Sunday because her traditional Khasi attire looked like a "maid's uniform".

Delhi Golf Club asks Meghalaya woman to leave Management dismisses allegations Kiren Rijiju says its racial discrimination

File image of Tailin Lyngdoh. Facebook/ Nivedita Barthakur

Tailin Lyngdoh, who works as a governess, had gone to the club with her employer, Nivedita Barthakur Sondhi, to attend a luncheon they were invited for.

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma discussed the incident with Union minister Kiren Rijiju and urged him to file a case against the DGC. "We strongly condemn the racial behaviour of the people who do not understand the very spirit of the inclusiveness of this nation," Sangma said.

When apprised of the incident, Rijiju said that it was a "clear case of racial discrimination". He also asked Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take appropriate action.

An incensed Rijiju also said that no one had the right to judge a person by his or her attire. "It was a clear case of racial discrimination. Such elitist mindset of some people will destroy the social fabric of the country," he said. He also termed the statement issued by the club as pointless.

The club issued a statement on its part to seek an apology. In its statement, the Delhi Golf Club said the member who had hosted the lunch had "unconditionally" accepted its apology. "It is unfortunate and regrettable that an undesirable attempt is being made to give the incident a political and cultural overtone," the club said.

It further said that the club management investigated the matter and "it has emerged that the incident could have been handled in a much better way by the staff members." It, however, dismissed reports that Lyngdoh was asked to leave. Rijiju slammed the club for issuing the statement and said that the club must accept it was wrong.

Meanwhile, Barthakur said that neither she nor Lyngdoh had been contacted by the club or received an apology from it. Her husband, Vivekanand Lal Sondhi, said that it was time the old institutions let their beliefs go, reported ANI.

Lyngdoh has been with the Sondhi family since 2007 and travelled with them wherever they went. "It was 2007 when I handed over my child to her and that was it, she became family," The Indian Express quoted Barthakur as saying.

"I have five children of my own and have spent years looking after others. Many of them have children of their own now," Lyngdoh said, adding that she has walked through airports and on the streets of London in her 'Jainsem' but has never faced any trouble.

Barthakur is an entrepreneur and health advisor to the government of Assam. She was invited for lunch on Sunday by her friend, who is a member of the DGC. However, 15-20 minutes into the lunch, two club officials asked Lyngdoh to leave as her attire resembled a "maid's uniform" and they also allegedly hurled racial abuse at her.

Visibly disturbed by the incident, Lyngdoh said, "I have travelled almost all over the world and several parts of India and eaten food in the best hotels and clubs. But no one has hurled abuses on me or commented on my dress."

Lyngdoh hails from Meghalaya's Langtor village in Mairaing civil sub-division.

"I am astounded over the Delhi Golf Club episode. It was a bitter experience for me and Nivedita and everyone out there. You cannot judge a person by what she wears and call someone a dustbin," she added.

Her employer Barthakur called it a case of "North Indian bigotry, chauvinism and ignorance" in a Facebook post.

 

 

Updated Date:

also read

Assam, Mizoram agree to deploy CAPF along NH 306, days after firing at border killed 6 cops
India

Assam, Mizoram agree to deploy CAPF along NH 306, days after firing at border killed 6 cops

The situation at the border remained tense but peaceful as state police forces from both sides pulled back. Meanwhile, a bandh was observed in Barak Valley

Foiled Meghalaya’s attempt to erect electricity polls near border in Guwahati, says Assam Police
India

Foiled Meghalaya’s attempt to erect electricity polls near border in Guwahati, says Assam Police

At least six Assam Police personnel were killed while defending the ‘constitutional boundary’ of the state with Mizoram

MBOSE Class 12 Result 2021: Meghalaya Board to declare HSSLC scores today at 11 am
India

MBOSE Class 12 Result 2021: Meghalaya Board to declare HSSLC scores today at 11 am

The board will declare the results of the Science, Commerce, and Vocational streams today