It is saddening to find few Indians not going easy towards inter-religion couples. A hotel in Bengaluru believes that Hindus and Muslims cannot possibly choose to marry each other.
Shafeek Subaida Hakkim and Divya DV, a newlywed couple from Kerala, visited Bengaluru for job interview. They decided to take a room in Hotel Olive Residency in Sudhama Nagar. However, they were refused accommodation by the receptionist as he was not ready to believe that a Muslim man and a Hindu woman could be husband and wife.
Subaida Hakkim stated that:
“He noted the names in the register and then realized 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 receptionist just kept saying that since I am a Muslim and Divya is a Hindu, he could not give us a room together. It was already 7 am and Divya had an interview at 2 pm. We were helpless and shocked. We could not waste any more time arguing with the man and decided to look for a room in another hotel”.
The receptionist didn’t change his stand despite the couple threatening to register for a Police Complaint. When the receptionist was contacted, he said that he was doubtful of their marriage.
“His ID said Shafeek, her ID said Divya. That’s why I got suspicious, and I told them I wouldn’t give them a room and sent them away. We don’t give rooms to Muslims and Hindus who come together, because what if they go into the room and hang themselves… Why do we need that trouble?”
This infamous incident has not gone well with the netizens and they had started giving low ratings to Olive Residency in Google Reviews.
What is your take on this?