Recently, saree started trending on social media when a woman posted the video of high-end Delhi restaurant refusing her an entry because she was wearing a saree. After the video went viral on social media, the restaurant faced massive backlash.
In a Facebook post, Anita Choudaary alleged she was not allowed to enter the Aquila restaurant at Ansal Plaza here on Sunday, because she was wearing a saree.
“In one of the restaurants in Delhi, saree is not considered to be a smart outfit. The restaurant’s name is Aquila. We argued over saree, and a lot of excuses were made, but I was not allowed to enter the restaurant, because the Indian attire saree is not a smart outfit.”
“I have never been insulted like this. I also feel hurt,” she wrote. She also posted a short video of her argument with the restaurant staff, alongside a couple of pictures of herself in the saree.
Choudaary, as per her Facebook profile, is a creative director at Doordarshan National. After Choudaary’s post went viral, the restaurant received heavy backlash for calling saree not a smart casual.
Half naked ladies with skirt slits high up their thighs are welcomed graciously by these restaurants. But a smartly dressed lady in a graceful #saree is not allowed? Netizens call it’assault on our culture’#aquilarestaurantpic.twitter.com/zF716btFnM
#aquilarestaurant I worked for service industry for over 44 years, traveled across the continents & my #Saree attire was always appreciated by my foreign counter parts , on couple of occasions some of them even asked to leave the worn one for them. Such is the grace of #saree
After the massive backlash on Wednesday, the restaurant claimed that the incident was misrepresented. The restaurant owner has accused the woman for manhandling the staff. They have put across a short video along with the post:
“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 fight and abuse our staff. What unfolded after was beyond our imagination, with the guest slapping our manager,” the restaurant wrote on its Instagram post.
Along with the video, they further added:
“To tackle the situation and request the guest to leave, one of our gate managers made a statement on sarees not being a part of our smart casual dress code and our whole team apologises for the same,” the statement said.
We chose to stay silent till now & have been patiently watching the incident that took place at Aquila on the 19th of September. Video 1 -Footage of the lady assaulting and slapping our team. #saree 1/3 pic.twitter.com/JYWALECKvS
But, many believe that the clipping doesn’t reflect the complete picture. Even if the woman slapped the staff, calling saree – ‘not a smart wear’ and making saree an excuse to not give her an entry is completely wrong.
So why you not upload full video of 1-2 minutes from starting when she enter because no one fool that much like they come and direct abuse your staff if you restaurant policy come before reservation so you have to say please wait we arrange your table and we all people know if we