STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Kerala's inter-faith couple asked for room, but it didn’t look right to Bengaluru hotel cashier

The hotel’s cashier Kalluraiah clarified that he was apprehensive since the couple sought a room for just a few hours and didn't have any luggage.

Published: 06th July 2017 12:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2017 12:56 AM   |  A+A-

Shafeek Subaida Hakkim and Divya D V (Courtesy: Facebook)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: A hotel that denied a room to an inter-faith couple on Tuesday has come up with a clarification that religion had nothing to do with its decision.

The Shafeek Subaida Hakkim and Divya D V – he’s a Muslim and she’s a Hindu – were turned away from Olive Residency in Bengaluru when they sought a room for the night before the woman was to attend an interview the next morning.

However, the hotel’s cashier Kalluraiah clarified that he was apprehensive since the couple sought a room for just a few hours and didn't have any luggage.

"I’d be responsible if they committed suicide or indulge in any wrongdoing in the room. When I asked them to produce ID cards, I saw that one name was Shafeek and the other was Divya. I didn't want to take any risk, so I refused to give them rooms," said Kalluriah.

"I don't know why they have made this a big issue. TV crews have been here since morning," he added.

Kalluriah said Olive Residency does not discriminate on the basis of religion. "Many Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Jains come here. We have never had such issues in the past. The couple claimed to be married for more than seven years but didn't show me any government document to prove it. How can we trust unknown persons?"

Suresh Babu, owner of Olive Residency, said his staff could not be faulted. "The couple didn't give any documents to prove they had come here for an interview or that they are married. My cashier politely requested them to look for another hotel out of fear. Unfortunately they have made this into a communal issue," he said.

Shafeek Subaida Hakkim and Divya D V, from Kozhikode in Kerala, said they would approach the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for action against the hotel.

They said they did furnish proof of their marriage. "The receptionist was adamant he would not give us a room as it's not acceptable for a Hindu and a Muslim to stay together. Even though we showed proof that we were married, he refused," Shafeek said. “It was harrowing.” Divya is a PhD student at Ernakulam’s Government Law College.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp