The case against Delhi Golf Club on the Tailin Lyngdoh incident has grown stronger after the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has jumped into the fray. NCST has issued a notice on Friday to Delhi Golf Club on a complaint of discrimination from Tailing Lyngdoh belonging to ST inside the premises of the club. NCST has asked the club to submit its reply, facts and information in the matter and action taken on the allegation to the Commission within seven days.
The Commission has issued a notice on the representation received from Chairperson, Meghalaya State Commission for Women and Civil Society of Assam. The Commission has also decided to investigate/ inquire into the matter in pursuance of the powers conferred upon it under Article 338A of the Constitution of India.
It is mentioned in the notice that if the Commission does not receive the reply from the club within the stipulated period it may exercise the powers of civil courts conferred on it under clause 8 of Article 338A of the Constitution and issue summons for appearance of the office bearers of the club in person before the Commission.
It may be mentioned that on June 25, 2017, accepting an invitation, Dr Nibedita Borthakur and her son’s governess Tailin Lyngdoh had went to Delhi Golf Club. However, Tailin was humiliated and shown the door of the club as according to the staff of the club, she was wearing a dress of ‘maid’ and she looks like a ‘maid.’ Protesting the extremely unethical and disturbing behaviour from the club, Dr Borthakur left the club premises along with Tailing.
The incident has now escalated into the bigger issue of elitist and racist behaviour practised in certain clubs which are yet to get over its colonial hangover.