Kozhikode, July 19: A group wearing lungi, a traditional garment worn around the waist, was denied entry in a hotel in Kerala's Kozhikode, fuelling a protest on Wednesday. The protestors claimed that they were disallowed entry by Hotel Sea Queen, located on the beach road. While Kareem Chelembra has lodged a police complaint, the hotel staff claimed that they were drunk. Engineer, Six Others From Bihar Attacked For Wearing 'Lungi', Cops Rule Out Hate Crime Angle.
Chelembra said that he was not allowed entry to the rooftop restaurant on Saturday night because he was wearing a lungi, reported Times of India. The matter came to light when protestors carrying Kozhikodan Koottayma's banner demonstrated outside the hotel. The activists shouted slogans against the hotel staff and filed a complain with the Town Police.
"I, along with my friend, went to the hotel but a staff member prevented me from going to the restaurant. He told me that persons wearing lungi cannot be admitted," Kareem told to Times of India. Buy Zara Lungi Worth Rs 4990 Only Because Your Father's Rs 249 Lungi is Too Mainstream.
Offended by the hotel's remark, Kareem asked the staff, "If I cannot enter with lungi should I take it off". The staff told yes. He took off his lungi and was standing in underwear. However, he was then also not allowed. Later, after getting in written that people with lungi are not allowed, Kareem left the hotel.
The hotel, however, said that they didn't let them enter as it is their policy to not admit people wearing 'lungi' as the rooftop is exclusively for families. The staff also alleged that the person was in an inebriated condition.