New Delhi, Mar 19: World’s biggest money transfer bank , Western Union, has initiated an internal investigation after a woman alleged that she was not given money transferred by her friend from abroad. Also Read - In India, More Muslims View Hindus Favourably Than Other Way Round, Says Study
Melanie D Martin has said that Western Union’s Gurugram branch refused to give her money because she was not a Hindu. A shocked Martin took to twitter and uploaded a video accusing bank officials at the branch of discrimination on the basis of religion. Here’s a look at her tweets: Also Read - Gujarat is 'Culturally Backward', Tweets Ramachandra Guha; Paresh Rawal Slams Him & Calls Him 'Gutless Guha'
Narrating the incident, Martin said she had gone to the branch in Sector 10A of Gurugram to collect the money. The teller asked her for an ID proof and enquired about her religion. He then told her that the sender was a Hindu and she was a Christian, so she would not get the money. She said she had never been discriminated on the basis of (her) religion.
As soon as she uploaded her video, support from every corner started pouring on the social networking site, questioning the bank. Many people shared and retweeted her video and soon it went viral.
In one of her tweets, Martin said, “I have the right to be proud of who I am and not be demeaned because of my religious views or the friends I keep. I don’t seek pity but my fundamental right to not be discriminated for being a Christian!
Later, the bank responded one one of the tweets by saying, “We are deeply sorry for this incident and want to make sure you know that our business decisions are never made on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, gender, age, or disability. Our specialized team is already investigating this matter to ensure Western Union Policies are fully adhered to by our independent agent.”
This is not for the first time that Western Union has hit the headlines. Two years back in Jaipur, Western Union refused to give money to actress Hazel Keech on grounds of religion. She took to Twitter to shared her ordeal.