Indian interfaith couple refused room at the inn
OUTRAGE has erupted in India after a Hindu-Muslim married couple was denied a room by a hotel in the southern city of Bengaluru because they follow different religions.
Shafeek Subaida Hakkim, who is Muslim, and his Hindu wife, Divya DV, were prevented from staying at the Olive Residency hotel after staff learnt they had different faiths.
“The receptionist noted the names in the register and then realised that I am a Muslim, while my wife is Hindu,” said Hakkim.
“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.
“He said it is not acceptable for a Muslim and a Hindu to stay together.”
CCTV footage of the hotel reception showed the couple arguing with the staff after they were denied a room. The owner of Olive Residency, Shiva Madhu, admitted that the couple had not been given a room, but gave a different reason. “It is nothing to do with a Hindu-Muslim issue. The problem was that they had no proper ID and had no luggage,” he said.
However, many Indians took to social media to point to the social prejudice that many interfaith couples face.
“This is supposed to be a secular country, but still there is a division,” wrote a Facebook user. Xinhua