Group denied entry into Pune bar for wearing slippers, shorts
A group of people was denied entry into Pune-based Agent Jack's Bar as some of them were wearing slippers and shorts. In a complaint, the group sought action against the bar management saying that such rules and regulations were "unconstitutional and infringement of the fundamental rights of a person". However, the bar said it doesn't allow patrons wearing slippers/shorts as per its rules.
Group had plan to have food at the resto-bar
The group members said they planned to have food at resto-bar in order to enjoy FIFA World Cup semi-final match between France and Belgium last night. Aseem Tribhuvan, a media professional, said, the bar's authority showed them a board of rules and regulations displayed at the entrance and told that due to their "appearance", they would not be given any service there.
It's a clear discrimination, claims group
"We told the bar management that this was clear discrimination and they cannot do this. However, the staff at the bar did not budge, which prompted us to call the police control number," Tribhuvan said. A team of beat marshals arrived at the spot, but bar management was firm on its stand of not letting them inside. Following this, the group approached the police.
We don't allow patrons wearing slippers, shorts, says bar manager
The bar manager said the outlet doesn't allow patrons wearing slippers and shorts. "There are rules and regulations, written at the entrance and on that basis, the entry to the patrons was denied and there is no discrimination," he said. "We follow a dress code here. Sometimes people come wearing bathroom slippers and it does not look good for our other patrons," he said.
Bar did not deny entry on basis of caste/class: Police
Senior inspector of Chatushringi police station, Dayanand Dhome, said no legal action can be taken against the bar as the management had already put up a board specifying the rules and regulations at the entrance. "They have not denied entry on the basis of class, caste, creed, gender or religion. So there can't be a case against the outlet," he said.