India being the democratic country it does not have freedom due to its culture, custom and mentality of the people. Staying in the hotel when a couple is not married considered to be illegal in our country but it looks like the things have been changing with the time and the recent verdict of the the Madras High Court has come to the rescue of the couples who wants to have their privacy and can make use of the hotel for the same without the fear of police.
According to the reports, a Hotel in Coimbatore was sealed without explanation after an unmarried couple were found occupying a room during a search concerned authorities. Observing that a live-in relationship of two adults is not deemed to be an offence, the Madras High Court has said terming the occupation of a hotel room by such unmarried couples will not attract a criminal offence.
Observing that a live-in relationship of two adults is not deemed to be an offence, the Madras High Court has said terming the occupation of a hotel room by such unmarried couples will not attract a criminal offence
“Apparently, there are no laws or regulations forbearing unmarried persons of the opposite sex to occupy hotel rooms as guests,” Justice M S Ramesh said in a recent order. He made the observations while directing authorities to de-seal a hire service apartment in Coimbatore, which was closed after a police and revenue team conducted a search following complaints of alleged immoral activities and found an unmarried couple and some liquor bottles in a room there in June this year.
There is no law that can stomp the hotels to give the room to the unmarried couple and hence the occupation of the hotel room by an unmarried couple should not attract any offence, the judge said adding that the sealing of the hotel premises just because unmarried couple occupied it is completely illegal in a sense of any law prohibiting the same.
The Petitioner submitted that his Gurgaon based company Preferred Transformation and Hospitality Private Limited was running a hire service apartment at the premises in Coimbatore.
The search was conducted there by the team of local police officer along with the Tehsildar and they found a unmarried couple staying in the room. The premises came to be sealed by the team without any written order against which the present petition was filed.
The petitioner further said that the authorities did not give them opportunity to put forward their objections and sealed the premises without any order which is a violation of the principles of natural justice.
The petition said such an action has been taken based on the viral news spread on the social media about the premises.
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