There is a long-standing idea in India, that men and women should not associate with one another, let alone share a room. Conservative India has vehemently discouraged the very idea of ‘love’, ‘pre-marital sex’, ‘casual sex’, or ‘cohabitation’ living together without marriage etc., between men and women (let alone homosexual relationships), and there are hundreds of instances where couples have been harassed in public spaces. There are people who have declared themselves as ‘the protector of Indian culture and traditions’, and take it upon themselves to ‘educate’ people, based on the morality of the society.

   It is 2018 and we still do not have mandatory sex education in our schools. So, it’s easily believable that when young unmarried couples attempt to get a space in hotels, the majority of the times they’re either denied or sometimes even harassed.  However, the question is,’Can there be some regulation that discourages unmarried couples to stay out of checking into a hotel? The answer is NO.

Many of us probably have thought “can unmarried couples stay in hotels?”

The answer is YES

What to do if after taking room someone threatening that they will inform to police?

    According to my knowledge, live-in-relation is allowed by supreme court and adult couple can stay together whether it is a hotel, home, or rented house.

When you have a girlfriend / boyfriend , finding some exclusive space to be with her is one of the biggest challenges in India. Different places of our nation have a different attitude to such issues ranging from unbearably conservative to extremely open. People tend to moral police, mobs like to beat up and often the underlying philosophy is that ‘if I can’t have it, you shouldn’t have it either’. But what do the laws say about this ? Does it protect the rights of the couple who wants to spend some time on their own in a hotel room ? Is it against the rules ?

What does the rule say about it ?

There is no rule in India that says unmarried couple spending time together in a hotel is immoral. But police often seem to act on the basis of a non existent law and penalise such couples. The law clearly says that anyone over the age of 18 can legally consent for any kind of physical relationship.

Why do the hotels then deny rooms to unmarried couple?

The plain fact is that they are scared of police. In fact refusing to let out a room to someone because of their marital status is actually a violation of fundamental rights. Supreme Court has repeatedly said that it is legal for unmarried couples to stay together. High end hotels that take a higher price for rooms often let you take a room even if you are with your partner, but there are very few who could afford that.

Hotel Association of India, the umbrella organisation which oversees over 280 hotels and resorts across the country says there are no such stipulations regarding not providing an unmarried couple with a room.

Does booking it via travel portal solve the issue?

   A lot of people say it does solve problem to an extend. But they do make it clear that the hotels reserves the right of admission. So you can have it all done perfectly through your travel portal but the hotel receptionist can still push you off. Although such stigmas existed long time before, the Apex court had sought to de-stigmatise relations outside matrimony by ruling “live in or marriage like relationship is neither a crime nor a sin though socially unacceptable in this country.”

Is oyo safe for unmarried couples?

Many of us often think of booking a room online like oyo rooms but deep in our mind we thought of cameras in the rooms or other harrashments.

But oyo rooms and their app or website features a ‘relationship mode’ which helps users find hotels that are couple-friendly, that is, they allow unmarried couples even with local ids to check in without any hassles. And yes, It is very safe for unmarried couples.    So the rules are all stacked in your favour, if you want to spend some time with your boyfriend/girlfriend, but the restraints of the taboo are set deep into the minds of the people that they may not care about the law. Better safe than sorry, but yes law is on your side, at least theoretically.