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Spend the night on road for being Pakistanis, Mumbai hotels denied shelter

Mumbai: The Sanskrit saying ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ is the tagline of Incredible India campaign that promotes Indian tourism. The concept depicts that the guests equivalent to God, in the sense, to be respected, welcomed, served and taken care of by all means.

Is this verse is well maintained in India? Certainly No.

Recently, Mumbai turned its back for Karachi-based Pakistani family and they were forced to spent a night on footpath, when no hotels and lodges were willing to provide their service.

According to a TOI report, the family of six members including three women and a seven-year-old boy arrived in India last week to visit Haji Ali and also to meet Being Human actor Salman Khan. They were staying at their relatives’ house in Jodhpur.

After paying a visit to iconic Haji Ali Dargah on Wednesday, Oct 14, they could not arrange to go back to their relatives place in Jodhpur and when hotels and lodges refused to give their rooms, they decided to spend a night at a footpath.

Sharing his bitter experience, Shakeel Ahmed told TOI that he ran from pillar to post at dozens of lodges and hotels, but no one agreed to accommodate for being Pakistanis.

Despite having valid visas they could not check into any hotel, Shakeel grieved and just want to leave and reach home as early as possible.

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel frisked them when they reached the station to board a train for Jodhpur, but they sooner or later reached Jodhpur.