Bengaluru hotel denies room to interfaith couple, says Hindu and Muslim can't stay together

It seems some Indian hotels have forgotten the age-old principle of 'Atithi devo bhava (guest is equivalent to God)'. Nearly two weeks after a woman was denied a room in Hyderabad for being single, a hotel in Bengaluru has reportedly denied a room to an interfaith couple.

Representative image. Reuters

Representative image. Reuters

Shafeek Subaida Hakkim and Divya DV, a married couple from Kerela, were denied a room in Olive Residency Hotel at Annipuram Main Road in Sudhama Nagar in Bengaluru. According to the couple, the receptionist denied them a room after he saw their ID cards, reported NewsX.

“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," The News Minute quoted Shafeek as saying.

Earlier, Nupur Saraswat, an Indian-origin spoken word artist from Singapore, was denied a room in Hotel Deccan Erragadda in Hyderabad because she was a "single woman". The hotel had a policy of not allowing locals, unmarried couples and single ladies.

Unhappy with the bad experience, the NRI woman instantly took to social media, describing her situation. After her post went viral, Goibibo, a travel portal through which she had made her reservations, tendered an apology. In a statement, Goibibo had assured her that they that they take such issues very seriously and have delisted the hotel pending investigation.

In an another incident, Tailin Lyngdoh, a woman from Meghalaya, was shunted out of the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) for wearing a Jainsem, a traditional dress worn by the indigenous Khasi women in Meghalaya.


Published Date: Jul 05, 2017 10:55 am | Updated Date: Jul 05, 2017 11:56 am

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