Aquila, a restaurant in New Delhi, has been in news for an unfortunate event. As per a video doing rounds on the internet, a customer named Anita Choudaary was denied entry by the restaurant staff for wearing a saree as it did not qualify as a “smart casual” attire.
In the video shared by Anita, an employee can be witnessed saying the same.
Saree is not allowed in Aquila restaurant as Indian Saree is now not an smart outfit.What is the concrete definition of Smart outfit plz tell me @AmitShah @HardeepSPuri @CPDelhi @NCWIndia— anita choudhary (@anitachoudhary) September 20, 2021
Please define smart outfit so I will stop wearing saree @PMishra_Journo #lovesaree pic.twitter.com/c9nsXNJOAO
Anita’s post was accompanied with the caption, “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 (sic)”.
Following this, there was a strong reaction to the video from people, and here are some of the opinions.
Saree is a traditional n very dignified attire for women. Even in our Missions abroad, saree is preferred by Indian ladies on important occasions n even appreciated by foreigners. How can saree be disallowed in a Delhi restaurant?@HMOIndia— SuryaVeer 🇮🇳 (@Veer09Rudra) September 22, 2021
@nsitharaman @SmritiIrani@M_Lekhi https://t.co/NsAtvj64hb
Irrespective of the restaurant’s right of admission, they can’t deny #saree wearing woman to enter in a restaurant/ Pub..— #pVt (@Parth_V_Thakkar) September 22, 2021
cancel their bar license @ArvindKejriwal @msisodia Ji, Is your new excise policy responsible ? show respect to women. 🙏@LtGovDelhi @CPDelhi https://t.co/u4klhuIkmL
Shame on #aquilarestaurant You are an Indian and you are denying entry to people in Indian attire?— thegirlintheparalleluniverse🌼 🇮🇳 (@AwakenYuvti) September 22, 2021
You are hurting our heritage!
If you are so westernised stop your functionality in India and move west!@smritiirani @poonam_mahajan you must take a stand in this https://t.co/8sfeARMXps
What the fuck is this Saree is not allowed— Thakur Sachin (@sSachinThakur) September 22, 2021
Saree is our pride #banaquilarestaurant@AmitShah @PMOIndia @narendramodi @AmitShahOffice @HardeepSPuri @CPDelhi @Republic_Bharat @CNNnews18 @ABPNews @BBCBreaking @aajtak https://t.co/HnyKkAMwtj
This is the lady who was denied entry at Aquila Restaurant, New Delhi for being dressed in a saree as according to the deracinated colonial slave hostess, saree is not ‘smart casual’! Most bizarre thing I heard! https://t.co/Kp9AjmiJb2— Shefali Vaidya. 🇮🇳 (@ShefVaidya) September 22, 2021
Seeing the matter escalate, the restaurant authorities released a statement stating that the guest tried to create a nuisance as she was asked to wait for a seat to be vacated.
In the post, which also has the video of the incident, they accused the said guest of assaulting one of the managers, while adding:
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.
They also shared photos of other guests visiting the restaurant in sarees, as a proof that there is no policy against the attire.
This is a developing story and we will update it with new information as and when it arrives.