#SabarimalaRow: Indian expat from Kerala loses job from Lulu Hypermarket in Saudi Arabia on derogatory post on social media

Deepak pavithram, an Indian expatriate from Kerala, working in Lulu Hypermarket in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia got fired yesterday, apparently, when he posted offensive comments on the Sabarimala row on social media.

The Dubai-based Khaleej Times reported that the employee of the hypermarket was terminated for making misogynist and insensitive comments about women on social media, contents of which are not appropriate to be share online, noted the report. Pavithram later deleted the offensive post from his Facebook wall following the outrage, said the report.

V Nandakumar, Chief Communications Officer at Lulu Group told the daily, “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.”

Kerala expats in the Gulf took to social media to express their appreciation for Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group, for taking a strong step against the derogatory remarks. The Supreme Court on September 28 had ruled that women will be allowed entry into Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The temple opened its door for all women visitors of all age groups for the first time on Wednesday after the historic apex court ruling last month.


This is the second termination in recent times by the Lulu Group on similar grounds. In August 2018, they had terminated the services of a Keralite expat in Oman after he posted distasteful comments about flood victims in Kerala. The company took action against him even though he apologised for the remarks the next day, added the report.