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Hindu-Muslim Couple Refused Room in Bengaluru Hotel, Alleges Prejudice

Hakkim said in a post shared on social media that they faced discrimination purely because they are an inter-faith couple.

Nagarjun Dwarakanath | CNN-News18

Updated:July 5, 2017, 1:30 PM IST
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Bengaluru: A couple from Kerala has alleged that they were denied a room in a Bengaluru hotel purely on communal grounds because the husband and wife belonged to different religions.

Shafeek Subaida Hakkim and his wife Divya D V tried to check into a hotel in central Bengaluru’s Sudhamanagar, the Olive Residency.

Hakkim said in a post shared on social media that they faced discrimination purely because they are an inter-faith couple.

“My wife had an interview at the National Law School in Bangalore. So we reached Bengaluru around 6.30 am, where an auto-driver took us to this hotel. We were just registering when the hotel staff checked our identity cards. Suddenly, he stopped us and said they won’t give a room. I asked him why he said very casually – we don’t give a room for ‘Divya’ and ‘Shafeek.’ He openly admitted that they don’t give room to a Muslim male with a Hindu girl,” Shafeek told News18.

The incident happened on Tuesday, and an auto-rickshaw driver eventually helped them get a room in another hotel.

“We didn’t have any time (to pursue this) because Divya had the interview in the afternoon. I think I will complain to the Human Rights Commission and other bodies now probably,” he said.

The hotel management, however, refuted allegations there was any recommendations. “It is not because of a Hindu-Muslim issue. They didn’t have proper documents, nor did they have luggage. They wanted the room for just half an hour. We denied them a room because they didn’t have proper records,” hotel manager Shivamadu told News18.

He also claimed that a majority of his customers are Muslim and that there was no truth to the allegations.

| Edited by: Puja Menon
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