The Mumbai Dabbawala Association, which serves the city’s famed tiffin-carriers or dabbawalas, on Thursday closed the Zomato customer from Jabalpur who declined to accept delivery from a “non-Hindu”.
A Jabalpur-based customer of the food aggregator-firm took to Twitter two days ago to demand that he dropped an order because the delivery person assigned to him was Muslim.
Subhash Talekar, the spokesperson of the 5,000-member dabbawala union, said the delivery executive of Zomato was executing his job to earn a livelihood.
“What would have this person done if he had been dying and person of another faith had brought him food?” he asked.
“We punish his act of cancelling the order just because the delivery boy related to a different religion. The delivery person Hindu or Muslim. He makes the job for subsistence.
Such workers do not have religion,” Talekar told in a statement.
A case should be registered versus the Zomato customer, he said.
There are people of all professions among dabbawallas of Mumbai, Talekar replied.
“Our customers enter Parsis in Colaba, Walkeshwar and Gaondevi, Muslims in Bhendi Bazar & Mohammed Ali Road, Catholics in Byculla and Jains in Kalbadevi &Jhaveri Bazar,” he replied.