Kolkata: A man was stopped from entering into one of the well known mall of the city of joy, Kolkata on Saturday, apparently for the dress he was wearing.
The man was wearing a traditional Indian dress, a dhoti, and was “respectably dressed”, according to his friend, Debleena Sen, who was with him during the incident at Kolkata’s Quest Mall.
“Yet another incident. After a series of restaurants it’s now a mall refusing entry to someone. A man wearing a dhoti and kurta was not allowed to enter Quest Mall in Kolkata today. Apparently wearing dhoti or lungi isn’t allowed in this particular mall anymore,” Debleena Sen, a Kolkata based actor, said.
She also said that “this form of racial profiling has induced in our society so much that it’s disgusting.”
“The guards outside (the mall) stopped him and confirmed with someone over the Walky-talky and then let him enter only because the man in question argued in “English”. When inside we approached the management team there and the man clearly stated that they don’t allow people wearing dhoti and lungi to enter,” Sen said in her Facebook post.
She further said, “…more when the manager of the place (some woman) came in and sat down to talk asked me strictly that I cannot video record anything even though I clearly have the right to record anything in a public space. That’s when we decided it’s best to leave the place to rot….. I will not keep quiet anymore and will question the authority!”
She also said, “I feel sorry for the state of our nation today and I’m sorry I WILL NOT KEEP QUIET ANYMORE AND WILL QUESTION THE AUTHORITY!!!”