When an incident involving one's religion occurs, social media goes wild, and this is exactly what happened when Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Civil Aviation Minister, received a letter from the Jain community and the Gujarat Animal Welfare Board requesting a ban on serving non-vegetarian meals on domestic flights.
"This request is being made on behalf of vegetarian passengers. Strictly vegetarian passengers feel much more distressed and offended when non-veg food is served instead of veg food," one of the board members, Rajendra Shah, said in the letter.
The letter is the outcome of an incident onboard an Air India plane from Tokyo to Delhi on March 25 between a Jain passenger and cabin staff. Raghvendra Jain, who was travelling with his wife and was served a non-vegetarian lunch that the hostess said was vegetarian, is the individual in issue. He had pre-ordered a vegetarian meal and specified that it be gluten-free and vegetarian.
Following the event, two members of Air India's Tokyo-Delhi flight's cabin crew were grounded, and an investigation is underway into the incidence.