NEW DELHI, June 27 - Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today described as a �clear case of racial discrimination� an incident at The Delhi Golf Club, when its staffers asked a woman from Meghalaya to leave a dining room because her traditional Khasi attire looked like a �maid�s uniform�.
He asked Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take appropriate action on the June 25 incident, which, he said, also reflected an �elitist mindset�.
An incensed Rijiju told reporters that no one had the right to judge a person by his or her attire. �It was a clear case of racial discrimination. Such an elitist mindset of some people will destroy the social fabric of the country,� he said.
The Minister of State for Home, who is from Arunachal Pradesh, said the incident was �unfortunate and condemnable�.
�Action should be taken. Merely issuing a statement is not enough,� he said. Rijiju said Indians often faced discrimination abroad over the colour of their skin. �Many of us create a hue and cry over such incidents,� he said.
The Delhi Golf Club incident, he added, was also a case of racial discrimination. �It reflected how we treat our own people in our own country,� he said. The club must accept it was wrong and act accordingly, he said, adding that there was �no point� issuing a statement. � PTI