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Modi seeks report on Delhi Golf Club ‘throwing out’ Khasi woman

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has also asked the urban ministry to take steps to ensure the incident is not repeated.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2017 22:57 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta
Moushumi Das Gupta
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Tailin Lyngdoh, who was wearing a jainsem, a traditional Khasi dress, was allegedly asked to leave the club.
Tailin Lyngdoh, who was wearing a jainsem, a traditional Khasi dress, was allegedly asked to leave the club. (Picture courtesy: Nivedita Barthakur/ Facebook)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has asked for a report on the Delhi Golf Club staff misbehaving and throwing out a woman wearing a traditional Khasi dress, sources said

Tailin Lyngdoh, who hails from the northeastern state of Meghalaya and was wearing a jainsem, was on June 25 allegedly asked to leave the dining hall of the club, the haunt of the rich and the powerful. The 51-year-old governess was allegedly told she looked like a maid.

“The prime minister’s office also wants to know what action the urban development ministry will take against the Delhi Golf Club to ensure such an incident is not repeated,” a source said on Thursday.

The golf course is built on the land given on concessional rate by the ministry, which allows it a say in the affairs of the club.

Modi was told about the incident, for which the golf club has since apologised, as he was returning to India from the US. Modi reached Delhi on Wednesday after a tour of Portugal, US and the Netherlands.

The club is the latest in a string of incidents of people from India’s northeast facing violence, rude comments or discrimination in the Capital.

The ministry has already sought a report from the club. M Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday his ministry would issue an advisory on how the club staff should conduct themselves.

The club on Wednesday set up a three-member inquiry committee headed by retired justice Mukul Mudgal to look into charges of discrimination.

The former chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court had also led the probe into 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal that saw a Supreme Court-led panel ordering the overhaul of the cricket administration in the country.

In its apology letter, the club denied that Lyngdoh was asked to leave. It said the “matter could have been handled in a much better way by the staff members”.

The incident was widely criticised. Union minister of state for home, Kiren Rijiju, called it a “clear case of racial discrimination” and asked the Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik to investigate the matter.

The Delhi Police report to the home ministry.

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 15:22 IST

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