Woman in Hijab Allegedly Denied Entry in Indian Restaurant in Bahrain

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An Indian restaurant in Bahrain has allegedly denied entry to a woman customer because she was wearing Hijab. The incident happened at Lanterns restaurant in the capital of Manama. Various sources reported that the manager of the restaurant was of Indian origin had denied entry to a woman in a veil.

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA) has asked all businesses to refrain from imposing policies that are against the Kingdom’s laws and has launched an investigation into the situation. Authorities have taken the manager into custody, according to reports, and a probe has begun in accordance with Bahrain’s anti-racism statute. Because of the incident, the restaurant was also closed.

The Lanterns restaurant in which the incident took place has issued an apology and assured its customers that it will continue welcoming all the customers. Lanterns assured fans that they are welcome to enjoy at the restaurant as the restaurant is open to all nationalities in the beautiful kingdom of Bahrain. The restaurant management has confirmed that the manager who denied entry to a woman wearing Hijab is now suspended. The restaurant manager also invited customers to enjoy a complimentary meal on 29th March as a gesture of goodwill.

The hijab has recently been a contentious topic of debate, with several problems around the world. As the number of hijabis in the world grew, so did the obstacles, discrimination, and racism they faced in regard to their religious obligations, rights, and freedoms. Recently, a court in the southern Indian state of Karnataka has imposed a ban on the hijab which caused an uproar in the country.

Critics claim that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, Hindu nationalism and anti-Muslim prejudice are on the rise in India. In recent months, unauthorized apps have listed notable Muslim women in India for “auction,” while Hindu nationalist leaders have publicly called for Muslims to be slain.