After a lot of recent events where people were denied entry into various restaurants on the basis of their attire or economic status to maintain the “reputation and class” of the restaurants, it seems that malls have also decided to join the league now.In an incident which shows our obsession with the colonial mindset, a man in Kolkata was prevented from entering Quest mall for wearing a Dhoti. However, when he started arguing in English the officials were kind enough to allow him an entry.

The man was stopped by security personnel outside the mall who later informed the management.Debleena, a Kolkata based actor, took to Facebook to share the video clips and images of the officials arguing with him where he can also be seen allowing entry to the man when he argues in English.

The man later confirmed that when they approached the mall’s management, they were told that people wearing ‘dhoti’ or ‘lungi’ were not allowed inside.

The lady who shared the incident on Facebook, Deboleena, also alleged that when they approached the management to have a word with them she was also prevented from making videos of the conversation, to which she opposed saying since it is a public place and they have the right to take videos.

Here is the post that she shared and it has garnered support from people with around 10k engagements

source : Debleena Sen FB

“Yet another incident. After a series of restaurants, it’s now a mall refusing entry to someone. A man wearing a dhoti and kurta was not allowed to enter Quest Mall in Kolkata today. Apparently wearing dhoti or lungi isn’t allowed in this particular mall anymore. This form of racial profiling has induced in our society so much that it’s disgusting. The guards outside stopped him and confirmed with someone over the Walky-talky and then let him enter only because the man in question argued in ENGLISH. When inside we approached the management team there and the man clearly stated that they DO NOT ALLOW people wearing dhoti and lungi to enter. Further more when the manager of the place ( some woman) came in and sat down to talk asked me strictly that I cannot video record anything even though I clearly have the right to record anything in a public space. That’s when we decided it’s best to leave the place to rot.

Further more when the manager of the place ( some woman) came in and sat down to talk asked me strictly that I cannot video record anything even though I clearly have the right to record anything in a public space. That’s when we decided it’s best to leave the place to rot.

Further more when the manager of the place ( some woman) came in and sat down to talk asked me strictly that I cannot video record anything even though I clearly have the right to record anything in a public space. That’s when we decided it’s best to leave the place to rot.

I feel sorry for the state of our nation today and I’m sorry I WILL NOT KEEP QUIET ANYMORE AND WILL QUESTION THE AUTHORITY!!!”

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These incidents reek of our colonial mindset and our obsession with English and have no place in our society, the mall authorities should make sure that this never happens again!

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