“Forced to Deliver Beef and Pork” – Zomato Delivery Boys Protest in West Bengal

Zomato is in news Again!! and Guess What! All for Wrong reason

The food delivery boys of Zomato will go for strike from Monday protesting that the food they are delivering often hurt their religious sentiment.

On the eve of the Bakrid or Eid al-Adha, the riders object to deliver beef or pork as they are against their religious beliefs.

Mousin Akhtar, a food delivery executive of Zomato told “Recently some Muslim restaurants have been added to the online food delivery app. But we have some Hindu delivery boy who are denying to delivery beef. And it’s been heard that in few days we have to deliver Pork, which we refuse to deliver. We are also facing payout issues and have least medical facilities,” during his interview with IndiaToday.in.

“All these are hampering the fraternal bond between us as we have to deliver food which is not permitted by our religion. Our religious sentiment is being hurt. The company knows everything, but in spite of helping us they are using false allegations against us,” he further said.

In this context, few days ago, Zomato was in controversy when they Tweeted “Food has No religion” when a customer refused to take food over the delivery boy’s identity.

Another protester and fellow Hindu delivery boy, Bajraj Nath Brahma from Howrah, West Bengal also thinks the same way and according to him, one can’t ignore the basic right to religion.

“I am Hindu. There are also other fellow delivery boys who are Muslim. We have no issues in working together. Zomato has presently tied up with some new restaurants that are repelling us to work under any circumstances and we cannot cancel any order at any cost. If any of us deny delivering any particular food then this would fall under denial dispute which would be followed up by manager. The Muslims are equally feeling hurt with this decision as we Hindus are. The company is hurting our religious sentiment. We want this to be stopped immediately. Hence from Monday we have stopped our service.”

Local Political Party and MLA also supports their issue and assures a further investigation on the same.

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