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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:04 pm

Well, because India!

It was after 11 pm, and Sumit Anand and his girlfriend needed a room for the night. But staff at the north Indian hotel peppered the couple with “bizarre questions,” recalls Anand. “Some were even concerned about the fact we belonged to different faiths.” The biggest sticking point, though, was that the tired couple weren’t married.

That incident, in Jim Corbett National Park in the northern state of Uttarakhand, was when Anand decided things needed to change. India has no law that prohibits consenting adults from booking a hotel room. But deep-seated conservatism and a taboo on premarital sex mean most Indian hotels, apart from high-end four- or five-star establishments, are reluctant to rent rooms to unmarried adults. Hotels generally insist couples either provide a marriage certificate or ID before letting them check in. Hotel management is also worried about police raids under archaic catchall public decency laws, say industry insiders.

A wave of hotel aggregators are emerging across India that provide affordable — a room can cost as little as $15 a night — and safe accommodations for young unmarried couples. These aggregators find and verify partner hotels that are willing to not only rent to unmarried couples but will also ensure they aren’t harassed. The websites are tapping into a growing need: On average, Indians are remaining unmarried a year longer than they were a decade ago. The trend, in turn, is offering a solution to other conservative societies where premarital sex isn’t illegal, yet remains taboo.

https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/unmarried-couples-in-india-are-finally-getting-the-privacy-of-hotel-rooms/231700

That's a bit mind-blowing for me, at least. I tend to assume that India is a bit more progressive than this.

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Post by Lurker on Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:22 am

Archaic idiocy ....

I remember when my wife and I got married we drove to a local Holiday Inn motel to spend the night. I checked in at the desk and everything went fine. When we got to the room the telephone was ringing. I answered it and it was a woman at the front desk. She said, "I'm sorry, sir, but you can't stay here. We don't rent to locals." I said, "I beg your pardon. We just got married. This is our honeymoon". She said, "Oh, in that case it's OK." My wife and I laughed at the archaic attempt at piety.

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