Nupur Saraswat, a Singapore-based artist was refused to take a room in a Hyderabad hotel as the hotel doesn’t allow ‘single ladies’ to stay in a room, hotel policies also say that unmarried couples and locals are also not given any room.
Saraswat wrote a long post on the incident happened at ‘Hotel Deccan Erragadda’ on Facebook, expressing her anger upon the same.
She said she had travelled extensively across India and to several other countries and had never been refused a room on the basis that she was a “single lady”. She said that Goibibo, the third party website she had booked the room through, initially said it could not help. They just refunded and money and provided another hotel, after the post went viral.
Its statement also included a response from the hotel, which said the hotel was “not against… single women staying in our hotel”, but that the hotel was not in the right area for single women.
Ms Saraswat says that when the room was booked, her organiser had not checked the policy, which clearly stated that locals, unmarried couples and single women are not allowed to stay. But she said that the policy itself was unacceptable.
“Of course, there are also those who have tried to silence this by asking ‘why are you making a fuss if it’s clearly stated in the policy?’ Well, I am making a fuss because I am not ready to settle. I am not ready to live in the fear of my safety anymore. I am not ready to have an entire system push me around until I ‘find a man to travel with’. I AM NOT READY TO BE CHAPERONED,” she wrote.