Aquila, a restaurant in Delhi, has received a lot of criticism in recent days for denying entry to a sari-clad woman. The eatery, located at Ansal Plaza Mall in Andrews Ganj, was thrown out after a video surfaced online by a customer. In the viral clip, a staff member was seen not allowing entry to the woman, claiming that the saree does not qualify as the dress code of ‘smart casual’. Internet users were surprised at this strange rule in the capital’s restaurant. However, in the latest development, Aquila has been asked to be shut down by the Municipal Corporation of South Delhi (SDMC).
The closure notice was issued by SDMC on 24 September 2021 for operating without a valid trade license. The notice states that the facility is operating in unhygienic conditions and is encroaching upon public land.
“The restaurant was running illegally without a license. The notice was issued to the eatery only after I raised the issue. Now, the officials have informed that the restaurant has been closed. It is a matter of investigation that the restaurant is under investigation. How was it running without a licence. licence,” Congress councilor Abhishek Dutt told PTI. He also raised the issue in the SDMC House meeting, proposing a fine of Rs. 5 lakh for any establishment that wore traditional Indian attire. Denies entry to any person
Twitter users reacted to the news of the closure of the restaurant in Delhi. Have a look:
The Aquila restaurant in Ansal Plaza, which allegedly denied entry to a sari-clad woman last week, has been shut after the South Delhi Municipal Corporation issued a closure notice.
Aquila will have a famine now!! ????????#aquilarestaurantpic.twitter.com/YCSDZ0vDRk— pradeep agarwal (veteran – colonel) (@pradeep54242413) September 30, 2021
#aquilarestaurant, not only passed that comment but is reported to be operated by SDMC without proper health business license. Now it has been told to close #aquila#aquiladelhipic.twitter.com/DvLA3q0aKt— ish (@ishita_2404) September 29, 2021
Apparently the Aquila restaurant was being operated without an SDMC business license under poor sanitary conditions. https://t.co/OntM9B00kC- Aishwarya Mudgil (@AishwaryaMudgil) September 30, 2021
Aquila restaurant, where a woman was denied entry for wearing a sari, has been shut after South Delhi Municipal Corporation issued a closure notice.
How much mehndi did this sari have ????????— Vikas Chopra ???????? (@pronamotweets) September 29, 2021
Delhi Restaurant #aquila Which denied entry to a woman wearing a sari, which was closed by the authorities.
The health inspector found that the Aquila restaurant was operating without a health business license. pic.twitter.com/04vyjtjUf4– Amit Srivastava ???????? (@amishree) September 29, 2021
Interestingly, when the Sari incident came to the fore online last week, some Twitter users also demanded closure or closure of the restaurant. Have a look:
So a restaurant in Delhi #aquila Women are not allowed to wear saris as according to them it is not ‘smart clothes’. Can we boycott places that look downright #Indian culture. This place needs to be closed!!! https://t.co/EmaaB0ifxE- Meera Chopra (@MeerraChopra) September 22, 2021
(Also Read: Delhi Restaurant Responds After Criticism Over ‘Sari’ Video)
The statement was issued by the restaurant of Delhi after the matter of sari surfaced on social media. He said the video clip was only a 10-second snippet of the entire one-hour event and issued a clarification welcoming the visitors dressed in traditional Indian clothes.
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