Mumbai restaurant apologizes for denying entry to hijab-clad woman

A video of a restaurant allegedly denying entry to a woman wearing the hijab claiming the outfit did not fall into the ‘casual chic’ category has gone viral on social media, with the restaurant drawing criticism from people.

The restaurant, however, apologized, saying, “We thank each of you for bringing this to our attention. We are deeply struck by this incident and formally request a sincere apology. We are a welcoming group. and we welcome each of our customers with the utmost respect and grace. We support and respect all religions without bias. ”

In a viral video circulating on social media, a restaurant in Worli in Mumbai refused entry to a woman wearing rida, a type of hijab.

In an undated and unverified video widely shared on Instagram, the Tap Resto Bar at Atria Mall in Worli asked the women’s friends to tell her to remove her hijab before entering the restaurant.

In the 2 minute clip, another restaurant employee can be heard saying, “We don’t even allow people who come to the restaurant with saris”. He adds: “We do not allow Indian clothes in the restaurant.”

The video has sparked anger among internet users for its macabre corporate policy of walking into a restaurant.

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Posted on: Sunday October 17, 2021 11:25 PM IST

Joshua B. Speller