Delhi Eatery Denies Entry To Woman Wearing Saree As It’s Not ‘Smart Wear’; Netizens Are Furious

A restaurant in Delhi allegedly denied entry to a woman who was wearing a saree. An undated and unverified video of a woman asking the staff at a hotel if saree is allowed has gone viral on Twitter.

“We only allow smart casuals”

“Show me that saree is not allowed,” a woman is heard asking the staff. When she repeats it, a female staff member responds, “Ma’am, we allow only smart casuals and saree does not come under smart casuals. That’s it!”

The incident is said to have happened at Aquila restaurant at Ansal Plaza in Khel Gaon Marg in Delhi.


Watch the video here: 

“Saree is not allowed in Aquila restaurant as Indian Saree is now not an smart outfit. What is the concrete definition of Smart outfit plz tell me. Please define smart outfit so I will stop wearing saree,” the video is captioned.

Video went viral

The 16-second video is being widely shared across social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The clip has racked up more than 2.25 lakh views. Netizens were outraged after watching the video.


One user said, “This is insane.” Another wrote, “An attempt to DESTROY INDIAN CULTURE….” 

A third user posted, “Saree is, was and always will be most elegant wear always.” Yet another asked, “Waise what are smart casuals? Are there stupid casuals too? I’ve seen people wearing torn pants. Smart casuals?” 

Netizens furious

There were many more who called it “bizarre”. Take a look at some of the tweets.

Soon after the video went viral, netizens gave negative reviews and a 1-star rating to the restaurant. At the time of writing this article, the restaurant had a 2-star rating on Zomato.

Restaurant’s statement

Following which, the restaurant issued a public statement on Instagram. 

restaurant clarification

The restaurant wrote, “Aquila is a homegrown brand and each member of the team stands tall as a proud Indian. Our gate managers statement in no way is a representation of the entire team’s view on the dress code. Nowhere in our company policy does it say that we will refuse entry to anybody in ethnic wear.”

Christin Hakim

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