A video clip which shows a transgender woman, Sonal Dalvi being denied entry into the Phoenix Market City Mall, has been found doing rounds. According to Dalvi, the entry was refused on the basis of her gender. She was accompanied by her male friend Manoj Boikar.
Sonal Dalvi, a resident of Pune has taken the matter of discrimination to the police and filed a case against the shopping arcade. When spoken to the mall authority, they owned up to the incident but added that Sonal was eventually allowed entry.
Sonal was entering the mall from gate number 5 when the security guards stopped her and denied her entry inside the mall. When she questioned the act, the guards told her that she was a transgender and thus the turndown.
While speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Dalvi said, “This is not the first time that I visited this mall. We have even held events here. But this time the security officials were adamant and refused to let me in. When I inquired what the problem was, they said that trans women were not allowed inside the mall as per policy. When I demanded that they should show the policy document to me, they called their senior officers, who also couldn’t come up with anything in writing. But despite this they made me wait at the gate for almost an hour."
Manoj Boikar, Sonal’s friend who witnessed and filmed the incident said, “Like in every mall, there were queues for security checks. While I entered the male section, Sonali went to the female section. They checked and allowed me in. But the lady at Sonali’s gate refused to check her and denied her entry. They made Sonali exit the gate and made us wait there. We tried asking them what the problem was, and when they claimed that she will not be allowed since she is a transgender, I decided to shoot the entire thing on my mobile phone.”
The LGBT community has condemned the issue and has shared the video widely.
“Not only did they discriminate, they also made allegations like we trans women beg at signals and roads. I have decided not to tolerate this and consulted my lawyer about filing a police complaint,” Dalvi added.
Information source: twitter