Amid a raging controversy over halal meat, an entrepreneur has opened an exclusive non-halal restaurant in Ernakulam district in Kerala.
Entrepreneur Thushara Ajith Kallayil, who has come up with the new restaurant in the state has also placed a banner outside her eatery which reads, “No Halal, Halal Bhakshanam Nishidham” (Halal food banned here).
According to Thushara, since inception, many Muslims have taken offence to her idea of running a non-halal restaurant. “Muslims keep saying that it is not correct. Whenever Hindus start any business, Muslims try to intervene,” she said.
She has been running the restaurant for a year-and-a-half now.
The restaurateur said that many customers come to eat at her restaurant without any issue. “So the ones who are okay with the concept of me selling non-halal food are welcome to come here and those who are not can choose not to enter,” she said.
“Keeping a non-halal board outside the eatery does not have to be made into such a big issue”, she added.
Kerala-based activist Pratheesh Viswanath tweeted:
“Bravo Thushara ji. She opened first ever non halal exclusive hotel of Kerala in Ernakulam district. No discrimination needed in food. Her hotel will serve only non halal food. Eventhough I am vegan, visited her and extended all support.”
As per information, halal can be performed only by a Muslim man. Thus, non-Muslims are automatically denied employment at a halal firm. There are certain other conditions that must be fulfilled that makes it quite clear that it is intrinsically an Islamic practice.
Kerala has recently been marred by a controversy over halal meat. A bakery in Kerala, called ‘Mody’, was allegedly forced to remove the ‘Halal’ sticker notifying the availability of halal food following opposition by Hindu Aikya Vedi activists.
Christians too in Kerala had called for boycott of halal meat. Kochi-based Christian group Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) urged Christians not to buy halal food anymore.