DLF Saket, one of the prominent malls of South Delhi allegedly denied entry to children many of whose parents were farmers who committed suicide due to farm crisis. These children who had come from Maharashtra wanted to visit few places and were taken out for an ice-cream treat to the mall when the incident happened. These kids who live in a children’s home in Nashik were brought to Delhi by Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav to partcipate in the farmer’s protest at Jantar Mantar.
As per a report in the Hindustan Times, President of Swaraj India Delhi, Anupam said, “The children wanted to visit some place in Delhi. We took them to the mall as it was very hot outside. The guard was staring at them as soon as they entered the check point wearing kurta pyjama or salwar and a Nehru cap”.
Another volunteer who went to get a trolley for one of the children as he was injured, the guard at the mall refused to let the kids go inside the mall. He said that they do not have the special permission, therefore, these kids can not be allowed inside the mall.
The party claimed that the issue aggravated which led to altercation between the mall staff and the volunteers. The issue only settled after the volunteer said that journalists would be coming to the mall to interview these children.
Later, the mall issued the statement stating, “Yesterday evening, a group of children and adults sought entry to the mall. As it was such a large group, dressed alike, our security guard enquired about their agenda. After ascertaining the purpose of their visit, the senior management provided a conducted tour of the mall and offered refreshments”.
The volunteer said what the mall authorities later did like giving tour of the mall and refreshments to the kids was more of a damage control instead of genuine concern for the kids.