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Lulu Group expels Indian expat in Saudi for insensitive remark on Sabarimala issue

Thursday October 18, 2018 10:59 PM, News Network

Lulu Sacks Employee

Riyadh: In an exemplary punishment to curb hate, Lulu Group, one of the fastest growing retail chains in the world, on Tuesday expelled an Indian expatriate working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for posting on social media offensive comments about Sabarimala temple issue.

According to a report by Khaleej Times, Lulu Hypermarket Riyadh sacked Deepak Pavithram with immediate effect after he posted on Facebook misogynist and insensitive comments pertaining to entry of women in Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

Deepak had removed his post after it created an outrage.

"We have a strict and zero tolerance policy with regard to our staff misusing social media to spread malicious or derogatory comments which might hurt religious sentiments. All GCC nations are home to a large cosmopolitan population from almost all countries in the world and we respect their sentiments, culture and religious beliefs", V Nandakumar, Chief Communications Officer at Lulu Group, told Khaleej Times.

Lulu Group International is owned by M.A. Yusuf Ali. He was in the news recently for donating a huge amount for Kerala flood victims. Kerala expats in the Gulf took to social media to express their appreciations for Yusuf Ali for taking a strong step against the derogatory remarks.

This is the second time in just six months that Lulu Group has sacked an employee for offensive post on social media. In August 2018, the group had terminated the services of Rahul Cheru Palayattu, a Keralite expat in Oman, after he posted distasteful comments about flood victims in Kerala. The company took action against Rahul even though he apologised for the remarks the next day.

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