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Delhi restaurant accused of turning away street children


A prominent restaurant in Conn aught Place here allegedly denied entry to underprivileged children who were taken there by a woman, prompting the Delhi government to order an inquiry.

Sonali Shetty, a writer from Dehradun, had . taken eight street children to the Shiv Sagar restaurant at Jan-path for lunch to celebrate her husband’s birthday on Saturday.

Both Ms. Shetty and the restaurant owner have filed complaints of misbehaviour. Ms. Shetty alleged that the hotel staff said “shabbily dressed children were not fit to be customers at their res-taurant.” In response, the owner of the Shiv Sagar franchise, Vidut Kanodia, said Ms. Shetty demanded that food be served free of cost. She refuted the allegation.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police-I in New Delhi Romil Baaniya said on Sunday that both sides had submitted complaints. “We are going through the con-tents and criminal cases are made out in both, The womman has accused the staff of misbehaving with her and the children, while the hotel owners have said that she harassed them and troubled other customers. We will take appropriate action soon,” he said.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia ordered an inquiry. The hotel’s action was typical of a colonial mindset and could not be tolerated, he tweeted. The District Magistrate of New Del-hi had been asked to inquire and report to him within 24 hours. He warned that the restaurant would lose its licence if the allegation was found to be true.
Describing the incident as a “failure” of the society, Ms. Shetty said she protested outside the eatery for over 10 hours till around midnight, but nothing happened. She vowed to fight till the children were tendered an apology by the restaurant.
Ms. Shetty also alleged that the policemen who came to the restaurant on her call did not help her and in-stead “reprimanded” her and asked her to take the children somewhere else.

Stages sit-in Ms. Shetty returned to Jan-path on Sunday afternoon with nearly two dozen children and held a sit-in outside the restaurant. She then proceeded to treat the children at the neighboring McDonald outlet. (With inputs from PTI)

Source: the hindu


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