ALBAWABA - Trending is the news about a Bahraini woman who was refused entry into an Indian restaurant in Manama because she was wearing the hijab.
بعد رفضه استقبال امرأة محجبة.. السلطات البحرينية تغلق مطعما هنديا وتفتح تحقيقا بالحادثة pic.twitter.com/CHWpWr6BPq— قناة الجزيرة (@AJArabic) March 30, 2022
Shock hit the social media. A Bahraini denied entry into a restaurant in her own country, this can't be the case! But it was.
Which manager ? #bahrain #Lanterns #hijab_bahrain #onlyfact https://t.co/pLHvmoZN9G pic.twitter.com/A1sG3o2FND— Salman kuniyil (@KuniyilSalman) March 28, 2022
The Indian restaurant named Lanterns is in the Adliya neighborhood of Manama. When the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition and Tourism Authority heard of this it launched an investigation and closed down the restaurant immediately.
Lanterns, a well-known Indian restaurant in the Adliya neighborhood of Manama #Bahrain, has been closed down by Bahraini authorities after a woman wearing the hijab was prevented from entering the restaurant. #discrimination pic.twitter.com/z4dXrhvXRU— SLMuslimVoice (@SL_MuslimVoice) March 28, 2022
The duty manager at the restaurant was fired immediately but this didn't stop the closure which emanated from a video clip of the woman being told that no veiled woman can enter the restaurant.
A Muslim woman was denied entry to an Indian restaurant in Bahrain for wearing the hijab.— 5Pillars (@5Pillarsuk) March 28, 2022
Lanterns, a well-known restaurant in the Adliya neighbourhood of Manama, was closed down by Bahraini authorities after a woman wearing the hijab was prevented from entering the restaurant. pic.twitter.com/JBxJvy6KAV
The video has since gone viral and caused the investigation. As can be viewed from the above this, is causing much social media talk.
So apparently the manager of Lanterns (Indian restaurant manager in Bahrain who denied a hijabi woman entry) is a British national named Lloyd Gallon. https://t.co/GH7E7aaIJx pic.twitter.com/r4RZrjn6IX— Sharan (@Sharan54294216) March 28, 2022
Social is not quite sure whether the Indian restaurant is closed down for good. But apparently not from the following tweet:
An Indian restaurant, #Lanterns, in #Bahrain was closed by authorities after a #hijab wearing woman was refused entry, Lanterns invites to all for free food on 29/03/22— देशनामा (@deshnama) March 28, 2022
Storyhttps://t.co/GmDEIEpw8ehttps://t.co/Krzx3HlNZQ#BahrainRestaurantClosed #HijabVerdict #HijabMeraHaqHai pic.twitter.com/NFLEcdBVDx
After all, the management did say they are sorry and they welcome everybody in Bahrain, whether they are veiling wearing or not. It pleaded:
I doubt it is shut down? But individual who refused lady with hijab entry is suspended. Below is statement of incident from restaurant @LanternsBahrain insta account pic.twitter.com/dM3C31g1l3— Mustapha Shariff (@el_nomad) March 27, 2022
So where did the manager, whoever he is, Indian or a Brit, get the idea from in the first place that this diner doesn't accept the entry of Hijabi-wearing women?