Bahrain shut Indian restaurant for denying entry to hijabi woman

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) said it has launched an investigation into the incident, GDN online reported.

An Indian restaurant in Bahrain’s Adliya has been closed down after a hijab wearing woman was barred from entering its premises.

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) said it has launched an investigation into the incident, GDN online reported.

The incident took place at the Lanterns restaurant, located in the Adliya area of capital city Manama.

“We reject all actions that discriminate against people, especially regarding their national identity,” BTEA said.

This comes amid the ban on the wearing of the hijab in educational institutes in southern Indian state Karnataka and historic agitation of Muslim women students against hijab ban in the state.

Meanwhile, the Lanterns restaurant said that a manager who is said to have barred the hijabi woman from entering its premises is being suspended “as this does not represent who we are.”

“Everyone is welcome to Lanterns as how it has been for more than 35 years that we have been serving all nationalities in the beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain,” the restaurant said on Instagram on Thursday.