NCST notice to Delhi Golf Club in north-east woman’s case

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New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on Friday issued notice to the Delhi Golf Club following a complaint of discrimination by a tribal woman from the north-east.

Tailin Lyngdoh, a Khasi tribal, had complained that she was thrown out of the elite club in the national capital for wearing a traditional jainsem a fortnight ago.

The NCST asked the club to submit its reply, facts and information in the matter and action taken by it on the allegation to the commission within seven days.

The tribal panel said if a reply from the club was not received within the stipulated period, it may exercise the powers of civil courts conferred on it under Article 338A of the Constitution and issue summons for appearance in person to club office-bearers.

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The commission has also decided to investigate the matter in pursuance of powers conferred upon it under Article 338A of the Constitution of India.

The action follows representation from the Meghalaya State Commission for Women Chairperson and civil society of Assam.

On June 25, Lyngdoh, a governess, had gone to the club along with her employer Nivedita Barthakur as they were invited for lunch by a club member.

Some 15-20 minutes into the lunch, two club officials asked Lyngdoh to leave the table and the club premises, saying her dress was a “maid’s uniform” and also allegedly hurled racial abuses.

Later, the club said it had apologised to the member who invited them.



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