<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The plan to give full membership to women at the Ripon Club is being scrapped temporarily, one of the trustees associated with the club said. The club was recently mulling to give full membership to women. Founded in 1884, women in this elite club were only offered associate membership until now.The issue of providing full membership to women landed in controversy after some people of the community feared that the move will also give access to Parsi women, with non-Parsi spouses to the club. Only people, who come under full membership category, have rights to vote for the club. “The issue of giving full membership to women has been put on hold. We will take up the issue once the issue of eviction notice served on the club by the landlord is settled. We will meet soon to address the issue,” said Xerxes Dastur, chairman and honorary treasurer, Ripon Club.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old Indian-American owner of a motel in North Carolina has been shot dead in a shootout at a strip club, becoming the latest victim of rampant gun violence in the US.Akash R Talati, who owned Knights Inn and Diamondz Gentlemen’s Club in Fayetteville city, was an innocent bystander when a man who had been escorted out of the club returned soon and exchanged gunfire with a security guard on Saturday, police detective Jamaal Littlejohn said.Police said they were called to the club at 1:51 am on Saturday.Littlejohn said Markeese Dewitt, 23, of Fayetteville has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He said Dewitt was shot four or five times and remained in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Centre,fayobserver.Com reported.He said only Dewitt and the security guard exchanged gunfire. Talati and four others injured were bystanders, he said. One of the victims was in fair condition at the hospital. The two others were treated and released. Talati died at the hospital.Talati is reportedly from Anand in Gujarat.Police have not released the names of three other people who were injured. Littlejohn said they included the security guard and a female employee of the club who operated the cash register.Littlejohn said security escorted Dewitt out of the club because he had caused a disturbance. He said Dewitt appeared to have gone to his vehicle, got a gun, went back inside the club and started shooting.Littlejohn said police have no idea what caused Dewitt to get kicked out of the club.”All we know is he got put out, he goes and gets a gun and it goes crazy from there,” Littlejohn said.Detectives are actively investigating the homicide and shooting and have appealed to the public to contact them if they have any information on the incident.According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of November 6, there have been 307 mass shootings in the US in 20017. A total of 530 people have died in mass shootings in 2017.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meghalaya State Women’s Commission today summoned the secretary of Delhi Golf Club, following a petition by Tailin Lyngdoh, who was ousted from the posh club because of her traditional attire last month. “We have summoned the secretary of the club to depose before the Commission on July 14,” State Women’s Commission chairperson Theilin Phanbuh told reporters here. She said that the Commission acted on a complaint made by Lyngdoh, a governess, who accused the club and its members of allowing racial profiling of people in its premises which tantamount to racial discrimination of tribal people, a punishable offence. On June 25, staffers of Delhi Golf Club had asked Lyngdoh, an invited guest, to leave a dining room because her traditional Khasi attire ‘jainsem’ looked like a “maid’s uniform”. Lyngdoh along with her employer Dr Nivedita Borthakur Sondhi deposed before the Commission today. Phanbuh said, “Lyngdoh was humiliated by the club. We will support her in her struggle against such racial profiling as it is against the Constitution of our country.” “We want strong actions be taken to ensure that such incident do not take place in future,” she said. Stating that since the PMO has also taken note of the incident apart from the National Commission for Women, Phanbuh said the National Commission for Schedule Tribes and the National Commission for Human Rights has also been petitioned. Borthakur said Tailin was part of the nine other guests at the Golf Club but she was singled out because of the jainsem she was wearing and her looks apparently. “The Club has such policy and allows racial profiling of people based on their looks. Mere action against the manager of the club will not suffice as the policies are anti-people,” she said. Justice (retired) Mukul Mudgal will head a committee, set up by the club, to look into Lyngoh’s case. Borthakur, however, said, “How can they inquire against their own people and the policies of the club? We do not recognise this committee but will surely cooperate with an independent inquiry.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Throwing out of a Khasi woman by a plush Delhi club for wearing traditional attire evoked sharp reactions today with Union Minister Kiren Rijiju describing it as a “case of racial discrimination” and asking the city police chief to take appropriate action. The Union urban development ministry has sought a report from the Delhi Golf Club. Appropriate action will be initiated if the club is found violating human rights norms, a senior ministry official has said. Reacting sharply, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma said such an incident was “unacceptable” and demanded legal action against the club. The club, however, said it was “unfortunate and regrettable” that an “undesirable” attempt was being made to give the incident a political and cultural overtone. Meghalaya-resident Tailin Lyngdoh, who was wearing a ‘Jainsem’, a traditional Khasi dress, went to a lunch hosted by a member of the club in the heart of the capital on June 25. Lyngdoh said she was asked by the manager to leave while they were having lunch, saying such a dress (Jainsem) was not allowed. The club has tendered an apology to the member who had brought the guest, Nivedita Barthakur Sondhi. Lyngdoh, who is Sondhi’s son’s governess, was accompanying her employer. Lyngdoh said the manager told her that “it is not allowed so you must go out. I went out, but it was very sad for me to hear such a thing. I have travelled to many places and everybody has complimented me on my traditional dress and nobody has ever said such a thing to me”. In a Facebook post, Sondhi said, “Lyngdoh, an extremely proud, Khasi lady who has travelled the world in her Jenseim from London to UAE, was thrown out of the Delhi Golf Club because her dress was taken for a maid’s uniform!” Despite she being invited in her own right as a guest of a member, she was humiliated and the two gatekeepers did not even have the grace to apologise, the post read. “It is so appalling that a citizen of India is judged on her dress and treated as a pariah,” she said. The club, in a statement, said that the incident could have been handled in a much better way by the staff member. Explanation of the staff was sought and disciplinary action was in process, it said. “An apology has been made to the member who has brought the guest. This has been unconditionally accepted. It was also confirmed that the guests were not asked to leave the club premises,” the statement said. Minister of State for Home Rijiju described the incident as a “clear case of racial discrimination” and asked Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take appropriate action in the matter. Rijiju, who is from Arunachal Pradesh, said the incident also reflected an “elitist mindset”. Rijiju raised the matter with Patnaik after the Meghalaya chief minister discussed the issue with him. “I will also speak to the urban development ministry on how such privileges can be given to people with such mindsets,” he said about the club, which occupies prime land in the heart of the national capital. A senior Delhi Police officer said that they had not received a formal complaint in the matter. However, after the media reported about the incident, some officers visited the club and spoke to its representatives. No FIR has been filed yet. Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Sangma demanded legal action against the club, and said, “Such racial discrimination has been happening all these years in a number of places and this particular racial behaviour is not an instance in isolation.” “All legal options available according to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989…should be taken advantage of, so that such behaviour is not repeated in future,” the chief minister said in a statement here. He has said the incident of racial behaviour of the people who do not understand the very spirit of the inclusiveness of this nation is “unacceptable, distasteful and racial discrimination” and needs to be condemned by one and all and calls for all necessary action as per the law of the land.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Urban Development has sought a factual report from the Delhi Golf Club over its staffers asking a woman from Meghalaya to leave a dining room because her traditional Khasi attire looked like a “maid’s uniform”. Earlier in the day, Union minister Kiren Rijiju had directed Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take appropriate action on the incident terming it as a “clear case of racial discrimination”. Dubbing the incident as “regrettable and unfortunate”, a senior official in the urban development ministry said, “We have sought a report from the club authorities. Appropriate action will be initiated if the club is found violating human rights norms”. Meanwhile, Rijiju raised the matter with Patnaik after Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma discussed the issue with the minister. “I will also speak to the urban development ministry on how such privileges can be given to people with such mindsets,” he said about the club, which occupies prime land in the heart of the national capital. Tailin Lyngdoh, who was wearing a jainsem, traditionally worn by Khasi women, was invited with her employer Nivedita Barthakur Sondhi to a lunch hosted by a member of the Delhi Golf Club on June 25. According to Sondhi, two staffers approached Lyngdoh and told her she looked like a maid and was not allowed there. Lyngdoh said she was asked to leave while they were having lunch. “The manager said, ‘It is not allowed, so you must go out.’ I went out, but it was very sad for me to hear such a thing,” she said. In a statement issued later, the club said it had apologised to the member who had hosted the lunch, while maintaining that the guests had not been asked to leave the club premises. In a Facebook post, Sondhi said, “Lyngdoh, an extremely proud, Khasi lady who has travelled the world in her jainsem from London to UAE, was thrown out of the Delhi Golf Club because her dress was taken for a maid’s uniform!” Though she was at the lunch as an invitee, she was “humiliated”, Sondhi wrote. The “two gatekeepers” did not apologise to her, she said. “It is appalling that a citizen of India is judged on her dress and treated as a pariah,” she wrote. The club in its statement said the incident could have been “handled better” by a staff member, who has been asked to give an “explanation”. The club said “an apology has been made” to the member whose guest Lyngdoh was. Sondhi, however, said neither she nor Lyngdoh had been contacted by the club or received an apology from it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
The staff of the elite club asked her to leave saying she looked “like a maid”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The event ‘The Saga of Balochistan & Kashmir: What the world needs to know’ was called off by a private club in Kolkata citing the necessity ‘to ensure cordial atmosphere’. The event was to be held on the club premises on January 7.An email sent on January 4 by the club to the event’s organisers three days before the scheduled program mentioned that the club was not in a position to hold the event due to “unavoidable circumstances”. The mail further says that “to ensure cordial atmosphere in the club” the event had been cancelled.The organisers of the event allege that the club was pressurised by the Kolkata Police to call off the event to avoid a law and order situation in the state. Tarek Fatah, one of the speakers at the event, wrote on Twitter,”The club had agreed to hold the event. On December 30, an executive meeting was called and we were asked to drop the word ‘Kashmir’ from the event keeping in mind the issue being sensitive. We had agreed on that and we got new passes and posters printed without the name Kashmir on it. On January 4, suddenly we get a mail from the club authorities that they have called off the event. We had paid the advance too. Now it is impossible to shift the venue in such a short notice,” said Colonel Diptangshu Chaudhury, organiser of the event.He claims that the club succumbed to the pressure from the Kolkata Police and called off the event. “We have learnt that a meeting took place between the authorities and senior officials of Kolkata Police. The senior officials asked the authorities to cancel the event,” Colonel Chaudhury alleged. However, the Additional Commissioner of Kolkata Police (I), Vineet Goyal said, “The club had earlier sought permission from us. But, today they informed us that the event stands cancelled.” When asked whether Kolkata Police had raised any objections to the event taking place, he refused to comment on it.