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‘Single lady not allowed’, Indian hotel told woman. Her story is viral

As an artist, Nupur Saraswat has been travelling around India for her shows. However, when the 22-year-old NRI from Singapore arrived at her hotel in Hyderabad on Saturday morning, she was told that single women travellers are not allowed to stay there. “So, I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad which didn’t let me...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 25, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 25, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

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As an artist, Nupur Saraswat has been travelling around India for her shows. However, when the 22-year-old NRI from Singapore arrived at her hotel in Hyderabad on Saturday morning, she was told that single women travellers are not allowed to stay there. “So, I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad which didn’t let me stay because they realized I was a ‘single lady’ even after confirming the online booking,” wrote Ms Saraswat in her Facebook post, which has gone viral with over 1,000 shares and 1,600 reactions.

The hotel’s official policy reportedly states ‘Single lady not allowed’, according to a screenshot uploaded by Ms Saraswat on Facebook. Following this, in a series of tweets, she questioned travel portal Goibibo on how her booking went through if the hotel in question did not allow single women.

Speaking to NDTV, Ms Saraswat said that a representative from Goibibo reached out to her and assured her that they would put better filters on their website and are looking into the incident. They also gave her a complimentary stay at a different hotel, one that does allow single women. NDTV has reached out to Goibibo for a comment.

Ms Saraswat, however, raised another important point, one that goes beyond better filters on online booking platforms:

“I want to see a safer space for women who travel alone,” said Ms Saraswat to NDTV. “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’,” she added in a new Facebook post.

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