A saree is often described as the national attire for women in India, however,  Journalist Anita Chaudhry shared an incident when she was denied entry into a restaurant in the country’s capital because she was wearing one.

Chaudhary shared a video that has now gone viral on social media in which she can be seen being denied entry into the restro-bar at Ansal Plaza in South Delhi with employees citing that her saree didn’t fall under their “smart casual” dress code.

Miffed with this encounter, Chaudhary uploaded the video on her Facebook with the caption, "Listen carefully to this video as there is a restaurant in Delhi where saree is not a smart outfit."

"After that, many excuses were given against the saree but I was not allowed to sit in the restaurant because Indian paridhan saree is not a smart outfit in our India, Bharat, Hindustan," the caption said.

"The humiliation that happened because of my saree yesterday was bigger and heart-wrenching than any other insult that happened to me till now," she added in the caption.

"I am married. I was married in a saree. I have two daughters and my family and I love it when I wear saree," Chaudhry said on her YouTube channel.

"I am a saree-loving person. I love Indian attires, I love Indian culture. I believe saree is a most elegant, fashionable, and pretty attire," she added.

The journalist pointed out that saree is not considered "smart wear" in some parts of the country.

"I ask Prime Minister, Home Minister, Delhi CM, Delhi Police and National Commission of Women to tell me the concrete definition of ‘smart outfit’ so that I can stop wearing a saree," she said.

The local media attempted to reach the Ansal Plaza authority but were temporarily unavailable for a response to the incident.

Netizens were quick to react to the incident with many commenting to boycott the restaurant.

"Delhites should go to this filth restaurant wearing saree. Just to show them the power & BOYCOTT such filth places," one user wrote.

"I think a cheap place @aquiladelhi didn't deserve to host a classy person like you. No classy hotel or restaurant has such filthy ill-mannered staff at their front desk. These people need to learn basic speaking skills in the first place," wrote another.

"I don't understand what's going on in my country," a third user wrote.

woman weaving saree Representational image of a saree. Pixabay.