A British family were left ‘humiliated’ after being asked to leave a swimming pool in the Algarve because they were wearing burkinis.
Maryya Dean, 36, claims she was forced to perform a ‘walk of shame’ with her nine-year-old daughter and sister-in-law Hina by a furious apartment worker, during a trip to the Portguese holiday haven.
The women were relaxing in the private pool at their rented apartment complex in Albufeira, when a man howled that their costumes were ‘not acceptable.’
He told that they ‘must wear a bikini to follow Portuguese culture’.
The relatives were enraged further when the worker made Ms Dean’s daughter stand up to demonstrate appropriate swimwear, a conservative costume.
Ms Dean, from Chessington in Surrey, was wearing a normal swimsuit with three-quarter length leggings.
While her sister-in-law was wearing three-quarter length leggings and a top that covered her arms down to her elbows.
The women said they wore the conservative swimwear because it made them feel comfortable and for cultural and religious reasons.
Hina told: ‘I was not allowed to wear swimming gear that I am comfortable in and that was actually made for women like me to wear.
‘We told him [the apartment worker] it was swimwear but he said ”you have to wear a bikini or shorts. In Portuguese culture, it’s not acceptable.”
‘He said we had to abide by Portuguese culture if we were in the country.’
Ms Dean: added: ‘I keep thinking about it. We had to do a ‘walk of shame’ back to the apartment, it was disgusting.
‘It was a very distressing experience for me and my family.’