Indian man wearing dhoti not allowed on Dubai Metro
An Indian was stopped from entering the Dubai Metro recently, apparently for wearing a dhoti.
Abu Dhabi: An Indian was stopped from entering the Dubai Metro recently, apparently for wearing a dhoti.
The 67-year-old man was respectively dressed in the traditional Indian dress, his daughter, who was with him when the incident happened last Saturday at Etisalat Metro Station, said.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it has no official RTA dress code or policy.
According to Gulf News, Ramadan Abdullah, Director of Operations at the RTA`s Rail Agency, said that incidence came as a surprise to the, as they have not been given any instructions on dress codes.
He added that anything that covers the body and is respectable should be allowed, and it was a personal reaction on the part of the policeman and this matter will be investigated.
He urged the victim to approach the RTA with details of the incident, which would help in the investigation.
The report said that the victim`s daughter, Madhumati, recalled that as they entered the Etisalat Metro Station a policeman stopped them near the punching gates and told her father that the dhoti was not allowed and he could not go on the metro wearing it.
She said her father had travelled on the metro wearing the same dress on other occasions before but had never been stopped.
She added that she tried her best to explain to the policeman that the dhoti was an Indian traditional dress, which covers the body fully but to no avail, but was not allowed to travel in the metro.