Lust in translation: arrival of the 'love hotel' divides India

Lust in translation: arrival of the 'love hotel' divides India

Japanese-style short-stay rooms are making life easier for amorous unmarried couples

Police swept through the Mumbai hotels at about 3pm, going room to room, arresting more than 40 unmarried couples. All were charged. The college students were forced to call their parents and admit what they had done.

Their crime was “indecent behaviour in public”, the police said. For couples without marriage certificates in India – especially those of different faiths – spending time in a hotel room together can still be a struggle.

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