Interfaith Couple Denied Hotel Room In Bengaluru
A Bengaluru hotel refused a room to a couple because theirs is an interfaith marriage. Research scholar Divya DV and publisher Shafeek Subaida Hakkim hail from Kerala, and had come to Bengaluru because Divya had an interview with a law graduate. They needed to rent a room for a few hours.
The Olive Residency hotel on Annipuram Main Road in Sudhama Nagar did not let the two rent a room because they had instructions not to rent a room to any inter-faith couple as there ‘may be problem’.
“He noted the names in the register and then realised that I am a Muslim, while my wife is Hindu. He asked us if we were married as we follow different religions. When I confirmed that we were in fact married, he refused to give us a single room saying that it is not acceptable for a Muslim and a Hindu to stay together,” said Shafeek.
Also, the couple had very little luggage, and this concerned the receptionist.
The receptionist also said that they don’t give rooms to Muslims and Hindus who come together because “what if they go into the room and hang themselves”.
Recently, 22-year-old Nupur Saraswat wasn’t allowed to stay in a hotel in Hyderabad, because she was travelling alone.
“So, I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad which didn’t let me stay because they realized I was a “single lady” even after confirming the online booking,” she wrote in a Facebook post which quickly went viral.
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