Delhi Restaurant Denies Entry To Underprivileged Children Citing ‘They Look Dirty’, Probe Ordered

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3:19 pm 12 Jun, 2016

In a shocking incident of indiscrimination towards poor sections of the society, the Shiv Sagar restaurant in Delhi’s Connaught Place area has allegedly denied entry to unprivileged children.



The incident came to limelight when Sonali Shetty brought few street children along with her husband to the restaurant to celebrate her husband’s birthday.

She was quoted by ANI as saying that the restaurant’s manager asked her and the children to vacate the premises immediately.

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“They clearly told us to get and also threatened to shoot me if I don’t clear out from the premises. The owner discriminated with kids and refused service citing that kids aren’t well dressed and are look dirty. Nevertheless, I came back and sat down in front of the restaurant in protest. Even the police did not support us,” she said.


She has also protested outside the restaurant after the alleged discrimination by the owner.

Sonali has lodged a case against the restaurant.

However, the restaurant has refuted the charges, saying that they had permitted the children to enter but refused service later, as they were creating a ruckus inside and disturbing other customers.

According to an employee of the restaurant, they allowed them to sit inside, but then the kids started making a lot of noise, tossing things around and creating a commotion.

However, soon the Delhi government got aware of the matter and an angry Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said it was a “typical colonial mindset and cannot be tolerated”.

Earlier, a posh restaurant in an upscale mall in south Delhi had denied entry to a disability rights activist, Nipun Malhotra, allegedly saying that it doesn’t “allow disabled people inside, as a policy”.

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