Meghalaya woman shunted out of Delhi Golf Club over traditional dress


We were all seated and lunch was nearly served when suddenly, the club official came to me and asked me to leave the place", Ms Lyngdoh told news agency IANS, adding, "I asked why and they told me that the dress I was wearing was a maid's uniform. Ten minutes into the lunch, two club employees approached Tailin and told her that she had to leave, Barthakur alleged. It said governesses or other staff members are not allowed unless a guest is wheel-chair bound.

A former Delhi Golf Club President who did not want to be identified by name told IANS: "We do have a strict dress code".

On Sunday, the Delhi Golf Club displayed complete arrogance and prejudice when it termed a traditional northeastern attire as a "maid's outfit". "These are very unfortunate incidents", Rijiju said.

Barthakur further stated that even after she explained to them that Lyngdoh is from Meghalaya and is wearing her traditional dress called- Jainsem, they still objected to it.

Delhi's elite watched as watchmen of the club stopped Tailin Lyngdoh at the entrance, told her she looked like a "Nepali" and a "maid" and ordered her to leave.

"I protested as they were insulting a traditional dress of an Indian citizen. But before yesterday, no one had asked me to leave their premises", The Indian Express quoted Lyngdoh as saying.

The management said the refusal had nothing to do with her dress. She said she travelled the world from the United Kingdom to UAE wearing her traditional attire but never faced such insult. Notedly, Lyngdoh was working as a governess for Nivedita's son.

Condemning the recent Delhi Golf Club incident where a Khasi governess was allegedly denied entry, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Tuesday said he will write to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) urging to take e cognisance of the incident and direct the Delhi Police to register a Suo Moto case.

"I have travelled nearly all over the world and several parts of India and eaten food in the best hotels and clubs. I wasn't ready to accept such discrimination", she added.

The president of the club, Siddharth Shriram, told a news agency that he had no knowledge of the incident and had not received any complaint in this regard.

Barthakur shared their experience in a Facebook post along with pictures of Lyngdoh's attire.

The club in its statement said the incident could have been "handled better" by a staff member, who has been asked to give an "explanation". "The Jainsem is generally worn with a blouse and a petticoat underneath", said Meghalaya's leading designer Daniel Syiem, who has showcased ethnic apparel in global fashion hubs like New York, London and Rome.