An LGBTQIA+ campaigning organisation named ‘Yes, We Exist’ has criticised Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli’s restaurant brand, One8 Commune. The group claimed that the restaurant’s Pune location discriminated against the community. The restaurant’s discriminating approach toward the community was deemed “unacceptable” by the protest group. It further stated that other Kohli’s restaurant locations follow the same policy. They were also requested to make changes to their rules and regulations, according to the group.

“@virat.kohli You probably aren’t aware, but your Pune restaurant @one8.commune discriminates against LGBTQIA+ patrons. A similar policy exists in the other branches as well. This is shocking and unacceptably bad. I hope you make the necessary changes as soon as possible. @deepigoyal @zomato – either do a better job of sensitising eateries or stop giving your platform to discriminatory enterprises,” the group stated on Instagram.

“Such discriminatory policies are frequently practised by high-end restaurants, which are the ones from which you are most likely to receive huge sums of ad money. This must come to a stop,” it added. According to the Indian Express, the Pune branch refused to admit gay couples or a gay group of men. Only ‘cisgender heterosexual couples or groups of cisgender women’ were allowed in.

Meanwhile, the restaurant has refuted all of the reports, stating that it only allows stag admission,’ which means ‘individual lads are not permitted.’

“We don’t discriminate against anyone based on their gender. Individual boys are not permitted to enter the premises since we have a stag access limitation. This is simply for the protection of the females who are present in the premises,” said Amit Joshi of One8 Commune’s Pune chapter. After all of the mayhem, One8 Commune took to Instagram to share their tale. and provided an explanation for the entire situation. They said that since their inception, they had always been inclusive in their service to all communities.

Kohli, on the other hand, has just returned from the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Despite winning three games in a row, India was unable to advance to the tournament’s Super 12. Kohli’s team got off to a shaky start, losing to Pakistan and New Zealand.