New Delhi: In a disturbing incident of alleged racism at a popular club in South Delhi a girl from the North-East was barred entry on the basis of where she is from.
Dolma (name changed) says she feels humiliated but is speaking up for the rest of her community.
"It may be my voice, but I'm representing all the people of my community who have had similar experiences," she says.
She claims bitter discrimination is what many people from the North-East often face in the Capital. Last week, at Urban Pind a popular South Delhi club, the bouncer allegedly barred her entry, even while letting her two friends in, a German and a South Indian.
"The manager asked my friend about my nationality and when she replied that I belong to the North-East of India he said she doesn't have the right profile to enter. I was embarrassed and humiliated," explains Dolma.
"I had no choice but to send the club a legal notice which said that they have violated someone's fundamental and human rights," says Dolma's lawyer, HC advocate Enatoli Sema.
However Urban Pind maintains that not only do they employ people from the North-East, but also have salsa nights on Tuesdays that is led by North-Easterners. They maintain that the allegations of racial profiling against them are completely false.
The management says that they were just abiding by regular club rules and have no discriminatory policy against any caste or race.
But this is not the first time or the only club where such an incident has occurred, people from the North-East say discrimination against them is on the rise in the Capital.
"I think just because one owns a property doesn't make you above the law, one still needs to abide by the laws of the country and I think it's high time people realise that this is discrimination," says writer Amrit Sharma.
"If tomorrow they turn around and tell us that people from the North-East cannot enter a mall or a family restaurant, then what are we supposed to do and where are we supposed to go, how are we supposed to feel and react to that," demands Dolma.
These questions do not have to be answered to just Dolma but also to all those people from the North-East who have faced discrimination in the Capital who want answers on whether these baseless rules out do an individual's fundamental rights.