[Shafeek Subaida Hakim, 36, a publisher based in Kozhikode, said he and his wife Divya were shown a room but turned away after they showed their voter identity cards. (Photo: Facebook)]
Bengaluru: Olive Residency, in Bengaluru's Sudhama Nagar, on Tuesday denied an interfaith couple a room after its receptionist found it too hard to believe they were actually married, and eventually decided letting them stay was simply not worth the risk either way.
“It is a social crime and blatant communal discrimination. We will move legally as the offence violates even the basic right to life guaranteed in the Constitution,“ Hakkim said.
Shafeek Subaida Hakim, 36, a publisher based in Kozhikode, said he and his wife Divya were shown a room but turned away after they showed their voter identity cards.
He and Divya tried to check in at Olive Residency on Annipura main road, on Tuesday. Divya, 32, a research scholar at Ernakulam Law College, was to appear for a job interview, Hakim said.
“We asked for a room for two hours and were told to show an ID card. When I gave mine, the receptionist asked for Divya's. He then said he could not give a single room to a Muslim man and a Hindu woman. When I told him we were married, he still said it was against hotel policy ,“ Hakim added.
While talking to The News Minute, the receptionist said, “We don’t give rooms to Muslims and Hindus who come together. What if they go into the room and hang themselves... Why do we need that trouble.
"I’m not saying they’ll commit suicide because they’re a Hindu-Muslim couple. But ordinarily, in villages, it does not happen... There, Hindus don’t get married to Muslim women, and Muslims don’t get married to Hindu women.”