Indian restaurant closed after veiled woman refused entry


New Delhi: An Indian restaurant in Bahrain has been closed by authorities in the kingdom after a veiled woman was reportedly prevented from entering the outlet, according to reports.

According to the Bahraini newspaper the Daily Tribune, the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has launched an investigation into the matter. A video of the woman who was refused entry has gone viral on social media platforms in Bahrain, sparking outrage.

The BTEA has asked “all tourism outlets to comply with regulations and avoid enforcing policies that violate the laws of the Kingdom”, according to the report.

“We reject all actions that discriminate against people, especially with regard to their national identity,” BTEA said in a statement. The restaurant, called Lanterns and located in the locality of Adliya in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, was closed in accordance with “Decree Law No. 15 of 1986, which regulates tourist outlets, including restaurants and hotels”, the Daily Tribune noted.

The restaurant addressed the controversy in an Instagram post, saying a “mistake was made by a manager who was suspended and it does not represent who we are.”

“Everyone is welcome at Lanterns as we have been serving all nationalities in the beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain for over 35 years. Lanterns is a place where everyone can come and have fun as a 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. As a sign of goodwill, we welcome all of our Bahraini customers to Lanterns on Tuesday, March 29 to have free food on us,” the statement read.

Karnataka’s high court recently banned Muslim girls from wearing the hijab (headscarf) in classrooms, following a campaign by right-wing groups opposed to the practice.


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