A day after a woman from Meghalaya was allegedly shunted out over her dress that made her “look like a maid”, Delhi Golf Club has come out with a clarification.
The club says it has investigated the incident and concluded that the matter could have been “handled in a much better way.”
In a press release issued on Monday, the elite club also said it has apologized to the member who brought the guest to the club. However, it didn’t say whether the apology was made directly to Tailin Lyngdoh, the woman who was allegedly targeted for wearing a “maid’s uniform.”
The club has also maintained that the guests were not asked to leave the club premises.
What’s the issue?
Lyngdoh, who works as a governess for an Abu Dhabi-based doctor from Assam, reached the club on Sunday afternoon along with her employer. While the two had been invited for lunch, the experience turned sour when the club officials asked Lyngdoh to leave the table for allegedly looking like a “dustbin.”
The club said it has initiated disciplinary action against the staff members involved in the incident.
“Explanation of the staff was sought and disciplinary action is in process,” the statement said.
On Monday, the incident was widely discussed on Social Media with users calling the incident as yet another incident of “racial discrimination” and “step-motherly treatment” of people from northeastern states in mainland India.
Indian democracy has voted out the elite & dynasts, but places like Delhi Golf Club uphold colonial snobbery & disdain in their purest form— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) June 27, 2017
Delhi Golf Club -Strict dress code .To hell with you the JAINSEM is a formal attire and I have represented India wearing it— Szarita Laitphlang (@szarita) June 27, 2017
The club’s statement also tried to play down such inferences arising from the incident.
“It is unfortunate and regrettable that an undesirable attempt is being made to give this incident a political and cultural overtone.”
Not a single communication has been received. They put pressure on me to back out from this: Nivedita Barthakur, eyewitness of incident— News18 (@CNNnews18) June 27, 2017
Looks like the apology isn’t enough for angry social media users. Many questioned that the guest they allegedly humiliated is yet to receive an apology.
Delhi Golf Club apologises to the Member (she’s health adviser to Assam Govt) who brought the guest. What about apology to the victim? https://t.co/ayz5d47ezK— Shantanu N Sharma (@shantanunandan2) June 27, 2017
Their official statement is pathetic. “Could be handled better ” is no apology at all. Shame on Delhi Golf Club— Sanjay Garg (@sajaru) June 27, 2017