India bachelor barred from hosting guest
An Indian housing society faced a social media backlash yesterday for moral policing after barring an unmarried male tenant from hosting a female guest at an upscale apartment complex near New Delhi. Mohit Agarwal had been due to host a Spanish friend at his home in Gurgaon before the complex’s housing association said its rulebook forbade single residents from entertaining guests of the opposite sex.
“There was no basis from stopping her to enter my house, except that these guys took it upon themselves to morally police us,” Agarwal wrote in a Facebook post which has gone viral. “And it was super humiliating. With all the shameful insinuations flying around,” he wrote. The unnamed Spanish woman, who arrived in India last month to work as an intern for a human rights group, had been intending to stay with Agarwal in The Palm Grove Heights complex in Gurgaon, a business district which is home to several multi-national firms.
The complex is run by the US-based Colliers International real estate management which said the “exclusion” rules were framed by the residents’ society. “We have no role in forming the rules. The residents had previously faced some issue leading to introduction of this rule,” estate manager Sanjay Chaudhary told AFP. Single men and women in India often face scrutiny from landlords who regularly turn down potential tenants because of their unmarried status in what is a largely conservative society.—AP