In­dia bach­e­lor barred from host­ing guest

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW DELHI:

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

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