In­dian in­ter­faith cou­ple re­fused room at the inn

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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

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