Restaurant in Delhi mall denies entry to woman in saree



SAREE may be known as our national attire for women but that didn’t stop a South Delhi mall restaurant from barring a woman from wearing one.

A video that has now gone viral on social media shows a woman being denied entry into the restro-bar at Ansal Plaza with employees citing that her saree didn’t fall under the “smart casual” dress code, India Today reports.

Journalist Anita Chaudhry, miffed with this incident, uploaded the video of her experience on Facebook with the caption, “Listen carefully to this video as there is a restaurant in Delhi where saree is not a smart outfit.”

“After that, many excuses were given against the saree but I was not allowed to sit in the restaurant because Indian paridhan saree is not a smart outfit in our India, Bharat, Hindustan,” the caption said.

“The humiliation that happened because of my saree yesterday was bigger and heart-wrenching than any other insult that happened to me till now,” she added in the caption.

Anita Chaudhry also uploaded the video on her YouTube channel.

“I am married. I was married in a saree. I have two daughters and my family and I love it when I wear saree,” said Anita Chaudhry on her YouTube channel.

"I am a saree-loving person. I love Indian attires, I love Indian culture. I believe saree is a most elegant, fashionable and pretty attire,” she added.

She pointed out that some parts of the country do not consider saree as a "smart-wear".

"I ask Prime Minister, Home Minister, Delhi CM, Delhi Police and National Commission of Women to tell me the concrete definition of ‘smart outfit’ so that I can stop wearing a saree," she said.

All lines of Ansal Plaza authority were temporarily suspended when we tried to reach them.

This was not the first time that such an incident has taken place. Earlier, in March 2020, a similar incident took place where a woman was denied entry into Vasant Kunj mall’s resto-bar because she was wearing a saree.

Later, NCW Chief Rekha Sharma took things into her own hands and stood against this uncalled-for and gratuitous incident.