The whole Zomato conversation has now steered to a whole new angle. #BoycottZomato and #BoycottUberEats has caught on and has social media divided after UberEats openly backed Zomato's 'Food has no religion' comment. Meanwhile, Zomato's comment has also been subject to wide criticism from a set of users who have accused Zomato of 'Hypocrisy' and 'Double standards' resulting in some fresh debates around food preferences such as 'Halal' and 'Jhatka.'
Earlier, Zomato publicly shut down a bigoted demand on Twitter where a user asked to cancel his order as it was being delivered by a 'non-Hindu' rider. Since then, there has been constant conversation over the matter on social media with many coming in support of Zomato openly shutting down a demand that went against 'their values'. But now some users have been comparing the incident to how Zomato allows users to refuse mistakenly-sent 'Non-Halal' meat orders.
"Asking for Halal Meat is Fundamental Right but Asking for a Hindu Rider is Bigotry," said one user.
We have come across several of such tweets filled with hatred and comparison that in turn seem to digress from the original debate.
After the issue heated up, Zomato defended its usage of Halal tag on the platform with a new statement. Zomato said: "it's a result of restaurants seeking that distinction - not us as an aggregator."
"The halal tag on Zomato is a result of restaurants seeking that distinction - not us as an aggregator. Restaurants (whether a Muslim establishment or otherwise) serving meat specifically obtain halal certification by an all-India body," Zomato said.
"Again, we play no role in this categorisation as we only seek proof of authenticity when a restaurant claims to serve halal food. FSSAI license is mandatory. Halal certification is voluntary," it added.