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‘I was thrown out because of my hijab’

Samyuktha. K | March 28, 2014, 23.03 pm IST
Picture for representational purpose only. (Photo - AFP).
Picture for representational purpose only. (Photo - AFP).

Saba, a working professional, was in for a rude shock on Wednesday when she was asked to leave a popular club in the city for wearing “Indian attire”.
“I looked at myself and I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt under a burqa and hijab,” says Saba, who went to Lost Society, Jubilee Hills, around 6 pm on Wednesday with a friend only to be shown the door after they were seated.

After the incident, Saba wrote a review on the club’s Facebook page, which attracted a lot of attention from club goers and consequently the owner of the club. “Awesome to know how you guys discriminate against Muslims! I visited with my friend to grab a quick bite only to be rudely asked to leave because I was wearing a burqa!” read her post.

The post was followed by a thread of comments peppered with heated arguments between Saba and the owner of Lost Society, Bobby. Saba also alleges that her first post was deleted and she had to repost her complaint “to be heard!”

It is a very sensitive issue for Saba as it was her own choice to adopt the hijab. “No one in my family wears a burqa. It was my choice to wear it and I made this decision about two years ago. And to be judged for something that is a choice that I have made, just enrages me. People should know about what’s happening. What they did was completely discriminatory,” she alleges.

Bobby, the owner of the club, calls it an “unfortunate incident”. “It is not just the burqa, there have been instances when people have been asked to leave for wearing a sari to the club. We have a dress code that requires the guests to be in Western attire. But to bring in religion into the issue is just wrong. We have many other customers from the community who have no issues with our policies,” says Bobby, before going on to allege that this was an attempt by competitors to sully the club’s name.

When asked if the club would consider relaxing the dress code or may be revising it, Bobby explains, “We have already relaxed the dress code a month ago due to the increase in the number of such cases. But this was just one of those incidents that happened and won’t be repeated.”

 

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by zack (not verified) on
if it is your dress code that allows only western dress what about somebody coming to your club with just burmudas. why such restrictions when a customer cannot come in saree go and take ur club to western country F U
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by Sri12345 (not verified) on
Mr. Zack, That is his business and he has right to setup rules as his business model demands. It is up to customers to obey his business policy or not. Only customers who obey his business policy are allowed into the club. I don't know why you have to make such a rude comment against to business owner. India is a democratic country and every one has right to operate independently and legally. If she is religious muslim, what she is doing in the western night club. I think she is just trying to get 15 minutes fame with her burqa which has nothing to with Muslim. She is just another fanatic person and there are plenty around the world.
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by SYED MUJAHID (not verified) on
First u tel me why u went. Its suits to muslim to vist such places...U should u knw that....
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by MOHAMMED WASIF ALI on
I STRONGLY PROTEST AGAINST THE MANAGEMENT & I THINK THE MANAGEMENT OF THE LOST SOCIETY CLUB HAS ACTED IN A RUDE MANNER AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER FOR PROHIBITING THE ENTRY OF THE MUSLIM GIRL INTO THE CLUB WHILE THE REASON IS SHE WAS WEARING THE HIJAB ? THE MANAGEMENT SHOULD REALISE THEY ARE HERE IN CITY OF NAWAB'S & NOT IN THE WESTERN COUNTRY TO IMPOSE DRESS CODE AS EVERYONE WHO IS HEADING TO THE CLUB SHOULD WEAR WESTERN DRESS CODE, THIS IS NOT FAIR PRACTICE. THIS ONLY SHOWS LACK OF COMMON SENSE STILL PREVAILING AMONG THE PEOPLE & THIS PEOPLE WHO ARE INTO THIS BUSINESS FORGETTING THE TRUE INDIAN CULTURE & RESPECT TOWARDS THE OTHER'S BELIEF OF RELIGION & VICE-VERSA. THE MANAGEMENT SHOULD NOT DISCRIMINATE ANYBODY IN THE NAME OF RELIGION & IF THEY ARE DOING SO THEY SHOULD NOT ONLY STOP THEIR OPERATIONS IN HYDERABAD BUT ACROSS INDIA,OTHERWISE THEY HAVE TO BE READY TO FACE THE STRONG PROTEST FROM THE MINORITY COMMUNITY AS WELL AS FROM THE LOCAL POLITICAL LEADERS AFFIALIATED TO DIFFERENT ORGANISATIONS.
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by vivek sharma (not verified) on
its not muslim or non muslim .its all about club rules apply . pls go to court .they bloody did not allow a known personality in dhooti kurta by saying club rules apply .
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by Akramdesi (not verified) on
I find it very strange at some places when i visit hyd from newyork, some people don't want to speak in Telugu Urdu or Hindi they wont reply you back if u speak in local language, but when u speak in English they give u excellent service, why ???
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by Manne (not verified) on
I will come in a lungi or dhoti and say it is my culture, should they allow me Well its upto the club, if they feel sarees, dhotis, gochis, burkhas, pathan suits, safari suits, no suits, is acceptable they can go screw themselves...
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by Afreen Fatima (not verified) on
First of all I would like to clear the fact that Hijab is not merely an Indian attire but is worn by muslim women throughout the world. So this does not contradict the dress code of the club. Hijab is not specifically eastern or western its rather "INTERNATIONAL /GLOBAL ATTIRE" Sabas outfit was basically jeans and a t-shirt..which is undoubtedly a western attire, so my question is how can a piece of cloth make a difference to the entire outfit and make it an Indian one??? I suggest Mr Bobby the owner of The Lost Society club to stop being a diplomat and change the dress code from western attire to "ATTIRE THAT IS REVEALING!!".. However I feel the dress code of the club is unconvincing and has hurt the sentiments of Muslims . This clearly shows the discriminatory attitude. AFREEN FATIMA ECE THIRD YEAR, MUFFAKHAM JAH COLLEGE OF ENGG
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by Afreen Fatima (not verified) on
First of all I would like to clear the fact that Hijab is not merely an Indian attire but is worn by muslim women throughout the world. So this does not contradict the dress code of the club. Hijab is not specifically eastern or western its rather "INTERNATIONAL /GLOBAL ATTIRE" Sabas outfit was basically jeans and a t-shirt..which is undoubtedly a western attire, so my question is how can a piece of cloth make a difference to the entire outfit and make it an Indian one??? I suggest Mr Bobby the owner of The Lost Society club to stop being a diplomat and change the dress code from western attire to "ATTIRE THAT IS REVEALING!!".. However I feel the dress code of the club is unconvincing and has hurt the sentiments of Muslims . This clearly shows the discriminatory attitude.
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by Afreen Fatima (not verified) on
First of all I would like to clear the fact that Hijab is not merely an Indian attire but is worn by muslim women throughout the world. So this does not contradict the dress code of the club. Hijab is not specifically eastern or western its rather "INTERNATIONAL /GLOBAL ATTIRE" Saba's outfit was basically jeans and a t-shirt..which is undoubtedly a western attire, so my question is how can a piece of cloth make a difference to the entire outfit and make it an Indian one???... This clearly shows the discriminatory attitude. I suggest Mr BOBBY to be polite enough as it is well said "man has made clothes. clothes dont make a man!!". - third year ece, MJ college
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by Afreen Fatima (not verified) on
First of all I would like to clear the fact that Hijab is not merely an Indian attire but is worn by muslim women throughout the world. So this does not contradict the dress code of the club. Hijab is not specifically eastern or western its rather "INTERNATIONAL /GLOBAL ATTIRE" Saba's outfit was basically jeans and a t-shirt..which is undoubtedly a western attire, so my question is how can a piece of cloth make a difference to the entire outfit and make it an Indian one???... This clearly shows the discriminatory attitude. I suggest Mr BOBBY to be polite enough as it is well said "man has made clothes. clothes dont make a man!!". - third year ece, MJ college

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