A woman travelling has been denied entry to her pre-booked hotel room in India this week, with staff telling her they do not allow single women to stay at their establishment.
Sharing the sexist and outdated policy on Facebook, Nupur Saraswat wrote, “I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad which didn’t let me stay because they realised I was a “single lady” even after confirming the online booking.
“Yup, massive bag in hand, gross from the journey – just standing outside the hotel.”
Saraswat, an artist who had travelled to Hyderabad to perform, continued: "Somehow they decided I was safer on the streets than in the hotel. Funny huh, how patriarchy works?"
Saraswat says was scheduled to stay at the Hotel Deccan Erragadda, but due to a policy that bans single women and unmarried people from staying, was turned away.
Her original booking had been made via the third party website Goibibo, which quickly helped her find another hotel in the city after the encounter.
After turning Saraswat away, the hotel provided Goibibo with a statement that explained their reasoning for not allowing single women to stay was in line with police advice.