Darjeeling: In a shocking incident of alleged racial discrimination rendered to a person from Northeast India, a 40-year-old woman hailing from Darjeeling was barred from entering an upscale club in the heart of New Delhi on Saturday night.
As per reports, the incident happened when Bidya, a professional working as an administrative manager at EduVelocity in New Delhi, was out for a party along with six of her colleagues to celebrate a junior’s birthday on Saturday night.
The group of seven had made pre-booking for the celebration at Privee The Ecstasy, an upscale club housed at the same building as the 5-star Shangri-la’s-Eros Hotel in Connaught Place. Accordingly, they reached the pub by 12:15 am but were denied entry by the club management citing that passes were over.
However, after clarifying the matter that they had made pre-booking, an official of Privee The Ecstasy, after a discussion with the authorities, reportedly allowed only six of them to enter the pub. It was then that Bidya was made to stand behind a barricade saying that she would be able to join the rest of the group in about two minutes’ time.
However, those two minutes apparently turned into several minutes and Bidya was never allowed to enter the pub without any proper explanation provided by the club management.
Speaking with EastMojo, Bidya said that she felt embarrassed by the behaviour and attitude of the pub management and decided to leave after a prolonged argument with the pub’s PR manager.
“I have been working in Delhi for the past 18 years. This incident has shocked me and I have never felt so embarrassed like this before,” she said.
Bidya further said that though the pub management didn’t cite any reason for her entry denial, she felt as if her appearance as a Northeast Indian must have triggered them to behave in such an awkward manner.
“If there were any other reasons for the denial like dress code or age, they would have conveyed it to me at the first attempt, but I felt like my appearance as a person from the Northeast must have triggered them to restrain me to from getting inside the pub,” Bidya said.
She further went to say that the racial discrimination meted out to Northeast Indians by the “mainlanders” still exists even at a time when the government is working so much to reach out to everyone from the region.
“This racial stereotyping should be uprooted as it is disgraceful and most of the times embarrass us even though we are from the same nation,” Bidya added.