Indian restaurant closed for banning women wearing hijab – Middle East Monitor

Authorities in the Bahraini capital, Manama, have closed an Indian restaurant after it allegedly refused entry to a woman wearing a hijab.

The incident sparked outrage after video footage of restaurant staff restraining a veiled woman in the Muslim-majority country went viral on social media.

Friday, in a widely shared setting video the friend of the woman in question explained what happened. “Lanterns restaurant tells him you can’t come in because you’re wearing a hijab. Can you imagine?” said the woman. “Restaurants shouldn’t make these kinds of decisions because we’re in a Muslim country.”

According to the Bahraini newspaper, the Daily Tribunethe Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has since opened an investigation into the matter.

BTEA has asked “all tourism outlets to comply with regulations and avoid applying policies that violate the laws of the Kingdom,” BTEA said, adding that “We reject any actions that discriminate against of persons, in particular with regard to their national identity”.

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The Lantern restaurant duty manager was also taken into custody; the restaurant also confirmed it was suspended. On Saturday, Lanterns responded to the social media backlash, posting a statement on their Instagram page explaining that “Everyone is welcome at Lanterns, this is how we have been serving all nationalities in the world for over 35 years. beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain”.

“The Lanterns are a place where everyone can come and have fun with their family and feel at home. In this case, a mistake was made by a manager who is now suspended because it does not represent who we are”, the statement said, adding that customers will be able to dine at the restaurant for free, as a sign of goodwill.

The incident comes amid an Indian court’s decision earlier this month to uphold a controversial hijab ban in educational institutions in the southern state of Karnataka, which is ruled by the Hindu party. diehard BJP. The ban sparked angry protests from Muslim women and girls.

However, Mariam Naji the friend of the woman excluded from the lanterns disputed claims on social media that the official was an Indian Hindu, but rather a Brit named “Lloyd” and urged others not to spread false information.

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