And If you are reading this article, I assume you are planning to book a stay at an OYO hotel with your partner(unmarried).
Although, the article is also helpful if you are staying with people other than your boyfriend or girlfriend.
I have tried to make the post as helpful and informational to clear all your doubts and to make you know your rights when you stay at a hotel.
The following are the things I am going to discuss in the article.
- Can Unmarried couples stay together at hotel rooms
- Do Police raid OYO Rooms
- What to do if police raid OYO Rooms
Police Raid In OYO Rooms -Things You Need To Know
We will talk about all the important things related to a hotel stay one by one. But since the unmarried couples are more worried about police raids in OYO Rooms or any other hotels, we will talk if it is legal to stay in a hotel as an unmarried couple?
Can Unmarried Couples Stay Together At Hotel Rooms
The simple and short answer is YES!!!
Unmarried couples can book and stay together in hotels. No law in the Indian Constitution states that unmarried couples cannot book hotel rooms.
In fact, there is no law that prevents you from booking a hotel room with anyone. Nither the Supreme Court of India states anything about it.
It is completely legal to book a hotel room with anyone. The only requirement is that both of you should be 18+ and have valid ID cards.
Moreover, now no hotel asks you about your relationship. They just ask for your ID cards and booking amount at the time of check-in. That’s it.
Do Police Raids OYO Rooms
To be completely honest, It will not be right to say that police raids cannot happen. This is India, people do not care about others’ privacy. But the chance of police raid in OYO Rooms is less than 1%.
And any police raids that you have heard of are mainly in because of the hotel or because of neighboring people who had problems with the hotel’s operation and had complained about it.
I have been used OYO Rooms for at least 15 times in the last 2 years and have not faced any issues. Every time it was a pleasant stay.
OYO Rooms, Stay Uncle, etc are very reputed companies in hospitality industries. They never partner with shady hotels or hotels which have any history of prostitution and sex trafficking.
So, If you book hotels with these platforms, be assured that you are in safe hands. But you must be ready for worse situations.
Following are some tips when it comes to booking a hotel on OYO Rooms and Stay Uncle:
- Choose a hotel in a good location. Don’t go to hotels which are too far from the city.
- Do check the ratings and reviews of the hotels before booking
- Do not book too cheap hotels. Cheap hotels often provide poor services and not good for stay.
- Book OYO operated hotels like OYO Flagship. They are much safe and secure.
Moreover, police raid only on getting tips for any illegal activities in the hotels. Since most of the hotels OYO and StayUncle partner with are reputed, chances are very low of the police carrying any raid during your stay.
What To Do If Police Raid OYO Rooms
First thing you should understand that you haven’t committed any crime and you need not fear. Be strong and put your words with confidence.
Let the policemen know that you are an informed citizen who knows his/her rights.
Now, if the police raids and starts questioning you, you have the right to know why you are being questioned. Ask for their ID proofs to verify if they are actual policemen. You have the right to ask for ID cards of policemen.
If they are real policemen and due to their ignorance, try to fit you in different charges. The following are the different charges they may impose.
Charging Under IPC Section 294
A person is charged under IPC section 294 for any obscene act in public. Basically, it is for any sexual act in public. Since the police have no charges against you, the first they do is frame you for indecent behavior. But booking a hotel is not an obscene act.
You have booked a hotel for your own privacy and it is not a public act. This is a private thing and you cannot be booked under this section at all. You cannot be booked legally and the police is harassing and misusing its power.
Charging under IPT Act
The Immoral Traffic Prevention Act or IPT Act is to prevent illegal human and child traffic cases.
The police may also try to book you under this act for carrying illegal prostitution or for being with someone who is involved in prostitution in public places.
But you both are mature adults who are in no way involved in prostitution. Also, where you are staying in a private place and not a public place. Thus, you cannot be booked under IPT Act in any way.
What To Do If They Ask You To Call Your Parents
This is something that policemen have no right to do. But they do so and it is a clear case of moral policing. They know that fact that giving a call to your parents will land you in a problem.
Calling your parents is a breach of privacy which is your fundamental right listed in article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
According to the privacy law, mentioned in section 72 A, if someone invades your privacy, they can be imprisoned for up to 3 years and can be fined for up to 5 lakh rupees.
So, Do Not Fear. You Haven’t Done Anything Wrong!
- Do not give your phone number or your parents’ number if they ask for it.
- Ask them why they want the number. Tell them you are there to answer all their questions. You are an adult and you are the one responsible for yourself. They don’t need to talk about it with anyone.
No women can be arrested after the sunset. Even under special circumstances, a female constable and special permission from the Judicial Magistrate of the first class are required.
I hope the article has clear all your doubts about the police raid in OYO Rooms. All the point discussed in the article also applies to StayUncle or any other hotels.
If you have any questions, do ask them in the comment section. Will try to answer them all.