Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Delhi Golf Club removes Meghalayan woman in traditional Khasi dress

Delhi Golf Club removes Meghalayan woman in traditional Khasi dress Delhi Golf Club removes Meghalayan woman in traditional Khasi dress
Ellis Copeland | 28 June, 2017, 04:51

As per reports, Tailin Lyngdoh, who was wearing a Jainsem, a dress worn by the indigenous Khasi women in her state, was told by club officials that she needed to move out of the complex as she looked a like a "dustbin".

No one intervened. Barthakur and her friends then left DGC.

Delhi Golf Club President Siddharth Shriram, however, said he had no knowledge of the incident and had received no such complaint.

It, therefore came as a rude shock when she was allegedly asked by Delhi Golf Club to leave the premises because her dress resembled that of a maid and a dustbin.

According to Barthakur, no one at the club stood up for Lyngdoh as gatekeepers allegedly humiliated her and did not care to apologise to her. Lyngdoh, who is from Mairang, has been working with Barthakur for 10 years. "I was wearing the traditional Khasi dress - Jainsem - and they told me this dress was not allowed", said Lyngdoh.

"The incident could have been handled in a better way by the staff, the guests were not asked to leave", the club said. "She added", I went to Bengaluru, Calcutta, Mumbai and other places but I was never discriminated on the basis of my dress.

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The club apologised on its website on Tuesday, but maintained that the guests were not asked to leave. They reportedly told her that the dress (Jainsem) she was wearing was a "maid's uniform".

The Jainsem, the traditional dress of women of the Khasi tribe from Meghalaya, is usually worn over a red blouse and a cylindrical lower. When Barthakur pointed out that Lyngdoh was an invitee and said "she did not carry a badge that she was a domestic worker", they refused to budge.

However the statement issued by the club secretary while speaking to mediapersons said, "An item in national dailies and social media relating to the alleged mistreatment of a guest of a Delhi Golf Club member, where the club had apparently objected to the violation of the dress code by the guest has been brought to the notice of the management". "I have travelled nearly all over the world and several parts of India and have had food in the best hotels and clubs. I wasn't ready to accept such discrimination", she added. "This has been unconditionally accepted", the Club said in a statement to the press. She plans to take legal action against the Club officials.

Recollecting the humiliation, Barthakur wrote in her account, a copy of which is with The Shillong Times, "The room full of people dripping in pearls and diamonds, was looking at us, annoyed that we were disturbing their posh Sunday lunch".

Barthakur, in her account, has questioned the mainland's attitude towards northeasterns.

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