Bahrain Closes Indian Restaurant for Denying Entry to Veiled Woman

Bahrain authorities closed an Indian restaurant in Manama, the capital city after it allegedly denied entry to the veiled women with the restaurant authorities apologized and expressed regret for the action.

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA) said it has closed Lanterns Bahrain which is a popular eatery in the Adliya after it had blocked a woman in a headscarf from entering.

“We reject all actions that discriminate against people, especially regarding their national identity,” BTEA said in a statement calling on all companies to adhere to regulations and not enforce policies that violate Bahraini laws.

Taking to social media, a woman in a video post said that her friend was told that she can’t enter into the restaurant “Lanterns” because she was wearing a hijab.

“The restaurants should not be making these types of decisions, even has no right to ask such a question because we are in a Muslim country,” the woman said.

Meanwhile, in an Instagram post, the Lanterns apologized over the incident, saying everyone is welcome to Lanterns. “We have been active in the beautiful kingdom of Bahrain for over 35 years, and we serve all nationalists,” the post reads.

“Lanterns is a place for everyone to come enjoy with their families and feel at home,” it said, adding, in this instance, a mistake has been made by a manager who is now being suspended.


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