ENTERTAINMENT

Actress Hazel Keech Was Denied Remittances Because Her Name Isn't 'Hindu' Enough

Keech, who is cricketer Yuvraj Singh's fiancée, blasted Western Union in a series of tweets for their 'racist' treatment.

01/09/2016 1:40 PM IST | Updated 01/09/2016 3:44 PM IST
NEW! HIGHLIGHT AND SHARE
Highlight text to share via Facebook and Twitter
India Today Group/Getty Images

On Wednesday (August 30), actress Hazel Keech (Bodyguard) and her cricketer fiancée Yuvraj Singh had a shockingly unpleasant experience at a Western Union branch in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

According to tweets sent out by Hazel, the man at the counter, one Peeyush Sharma, refused to go through her transactions and give her the money because her name wasn't 'Hindu' enough.

Yuvraj Singh too expressed his anger at the whole incident and said that this behavior will not be tolerated.

Keech, who now resides in India, was raised in London and is British-Mauritian by birth. Her mother is a Mauritian Hindu of Bihari ancestry.

HuffPost India got in touch with Western Union and a spokesperson for the company confirmed that the incident did take place at their Jaipur outlet.

Said the spokesperson, "We deeply regret the incident as it illustrates everything that the company does not stand for. It's an unfortunate event that happened with Hazel. However, I'd like to add that as per the laws of India, we're supposed to establish the relationship between the sender and the receiver and this incident was, in all likelihood, an inappropriate result of that process."

The person said that the process itself requires asking of additional questions which get can get tricky.

The spokesperson added that identification of both parties need to be completely established so as to avoid cases of money laundering. "That, however, does not justify the behaviour of Mr. Peeyush Sharma. It is not acceptable to make a reference to someone's religion. We've initiated an inquiry into the entire episode and will take suitable action."

While Hazel's last tweet regarding the entire episode was...

... Western Union confirmed, in a statement shared on Thursday afternoon, that she had received her remittance at another agent location.

Also on HuffPost:

Tips To Fight Racism And Discrimination

More On This Topic