The budget hotels of the city have done it again. First they came up with a no-Delhiites-permitted policy and now the Hotel Mahasangh, an association of the Capital’s budget hotels, has stipulated that couples from the city have to get a family member to corroborate their marital status before they can be allowed to check in.
The direction has been issued to hotels in Paharganj and Karol Bagh — both popular budget hotel hubs.
The proposed process is as follows: Couple approaches hotel manager, names one close relation, gives his/her contact number.
Manager calls up family member on their landline, if the response is satisfactory the couple is allowed to check in, but not before they have entered the details of the contact person in the register.
The idea behind the register was to make sure hotels adhered to the guidelines, a Delhi Police officer requesting anonymity said.
“The directive is problematic if and when judgements are made on the basis of morality,” said Shelly Tara, of the Women’s Studies and Development Centre, DU.
After HT reported in August how residents of Delhi and NCR were not allowed to book a room in budget hotels, the hotel association issued a fresh directive permitting hotel owners to rent out rooms to Delhiites, but with riders.
“Since security was a major concern, we have put certain conditions to avoid any untoward incident,” said Hotel Mahasangh president Arun Gupta.
“Police also feel renting out rooms to local couples may promote prostitution,” Gupta added.