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Delhi Golf Club asks Khasi woman in traditional attire to leave, apologises after blowback

Tailin Lyngdoh was 'thrown out' from the Delhi Golf Club by the manager. Photograph: (Facebook)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 27, 2017, 03.49 AM (IST)

An elderly woman from Meghalaya wearing a traditional Khasi dress was allegedly asked to leave the Delhi Golf Club even as she was having lunch with a member on Sunday.

The woman, Tailin Lyngdoh, works as a governess for Dr Nivedita Barthakur Sondhi who is a member of the club and an honorary health advisor to the Assam government.

Dr Nivedita Barthakur Sondhi had invited around eight guests for lunch on Sunday, Tailin Lyngdoh was wearing the traditional jainsem Khasi dress when a few minutes into the lunch meeting the manager of the club asked Lyngdoh to leave the table and the room.

"The club staff asked her to leave, they said she looked like a maid and a Nepali," Nivedita Barthakur told ANI.

Tailin Lyngdoh who was asked to leave the room while she was having lunch with Nivedita Barthakur and her guests, said:"Delhi Golf Club objected to my attire and asked me to leave. I was wearing a Khasi dress."

In a statement to ANI, the Delhi Golf Club said, "Unfortunate an undesirable attempt is being made to give the incident political and cultural overtones. Explanation from the staff was sought and disciplinary action is in process."

"Apology has been made to the member who had brought the guest. It has been unconditionally accepted," Delhi Golf Club added.

"The incident could have been handled in a better way by the staff, the guests were not asked to leave," the club said.

Dr Nivedita Barthakur in her Facebook post wrote:

"An extremely proud, Khasi lady who has travelled the world in her Jenseim from London to UAE was thrown out of the Delhi Golf Club because her dress was taken for a maid's uniform!

Despite she being invited in her own right as a guest of a member. She was humiliated and the two gatekeepers of haute culture of Delhi, one Ms Sumita Thakur and Mr Ajit Pal, did not even have the grace to apologise. The room was full of Delhi elites who make their maid's and nannies wait outside in the heat lest they pollute their surroundings, and I bet many of them were civil servants and keepers of the Indian constitution.

It was so appalling at many levels: that a citizen of India is judged on her dress and treated as a pariah; that in this day and age human rights of so many citizens can be trampled on just because he /she earns an honest living as a help."

The post soon went viral on the net with netizens attacking the "elite class Delhiites". 

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