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Jainsem row: Meghalaya women panel summons Delhi Golf Club secy

The Meghalaya State Women’s Commission on Monday summoned the secretary of Delhi Golf Club, following a petition by Tailin Lyngdoh, who was ousted from the club because of wearing her traditional attire Jainsem last month.

“We have summoned the secretary of the club to depose before the Commission on July 14,” State Women’s Commission chairperson Theilin Phanbuh told reporters in Shillong.

She said that the Commission acted on a complaint made by Lyngdoh, who accused the club and its members of allowing racial profiling of people in its premises which tantamount to racial discrimination of tribal people, a punishable offence.

On June 25, staffers of Delhi Golf Club had asked Lyngdoh, an invited guest, to leave a dining room because her traditional Khasi attire ‘jainsem’ looked like a “maid’s uniform”.

Lyngdoh along with her employer Dr Nivedita Borthakur Sondhi deposed before the Commission on Monday.

Phanbuh said, “Lyngdoh was humiliated by the club. We will support her in her struggle against such racial profiling as it is against the Constitution of our country.”

“We want strong actions be taken to ensure that such incident do not take place in future,” she said.


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