About 40 impoverished children of farmers who have committed suicide in Maharashtra were allegedly denied entry to a South Delhi mall on Wednesday because of their attire, according to media reports.
The children were taken to DLF Place, Saket, by volunteers from Swaraj India, an organization that helps farmers, The Hindu reported, but mall security guards escorted them out of the premises.
According to Anupam, Delhi head of Swaraj India, the children, who live in an ashram in Nashik because their families cannot afford to raise them, were participating in the pro-farmer Kisan Mukti Yatra rally at Jantar Mantar, before being taken to the mall around 4 pm.
Anupam was quoted as saying, “It was very hot on Wednesday and since the children had been out since morning, we thought an air-conditioned place would be an ideal getaway for them. They, however, ended up experiencing a class divide.”
The mall’s managers denied the allegation, claiming that they gave the children a guided tour and refreshments.