For the past six months, Mohammad Dar’s Dairy Queen restaurant posted signs writing hurtful statements about Hinduism. Some of the messages were even displayed on tall panels. Mohammad Dar taped more messages near the register, on the drive-through window and also placed a large sign outside of the restaurant in the parking lot. The owner told local media that he planned to leave because of a new, expensive “corporate mandate”.
The Hindus of Greater Houston, Hindu American Foundation and Diversity USA, welcomed a change in ownership at the Dairy Queen eatery.
“After speaking with Dairy Queen’s spokesperson, we applaud Dairy Queen for taking action to move up the timing of the sale of this location in Kemah to another franchisee owner in order to have these anti-Hindu signs removed swiftly,” the statement said.”We also urge Dairy Queen to incorporate policies and procedures in their franchisee agreement to prevent such a situation from happening again,” it said. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard told all protesting Hindu organisations including Jagan Kaul of Diversity USA, a think-tank on minority issues, in a message that “your protest efforts have paid high dividends in causing Dairy Queen to force the owner to sell his franchise”.