Homestay owner flays MCC, commissioner justifies

NCW Member visits homestay, interacts with victims, neighbours

Homestay owner flays MCC, commissioner justifies

Loretta Rebello, the owner of ‘Morning Mist’ homestay where the partying youth were attacked by hooligans a fortnight ago, on Thursday flayed the Mangalore City Corporation for considering the homestay as a commercial building. 

Speaking to media persons during the visit of National Commission for Women (NCW) Member to the homestay, she said that according to the rules prescribed by the government, no house with or less than five bed rooms could be considered as the homestay. 

“I have the documents to prove that ‘Morning Mist’ is not a homestay in the real sense and it was not run for commercial purpose. I had given the home to the party-goers as they were youth. Let the MCC learn the rules first and slap me with an order,” she said.

Condemning the attack incident, she said despite the mental trauma that she was undergoing, she would fight for the justice. 

“Even though I have been victimised in this incident, I would take this as an opportunity to fight for cleaning up the system and bring law and order to the society,” said Loretta Rebello.

MCC justifies

Justifying the notice, followed by an order issued by the MCC, City Corporation Commissioner Dr K Harish Kumar said that the MCC in its order issued on August 3, 2012 has sought response from the homestay owner on different grounds. 

Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said that the homestay owner in response to the notice issued by the MCC, had agreed that the house was let out for ‘short-term accommodation.’ She has stated that the house was given for rent on a few occasions, indicating that the house was used for commercial purpose. 

“In the recently issued order in response to the house owner’s reply letter, the MCC has ordered the house owner to pay the commercial tax along with penalty, removal of the nameplate outside the house and explain the purpose for which the house is used, within a week of issuing the order, failing which legal action will be taken against her,” he said.

The Commissioner said the order was issued by the MCC Health Officer and the house owner had not contacted him (the Commissioner) so far regarding the issue. “If Loretta Rebello finds the MCC order illegal, then she can approach me or can go to the Court of law,” he said.

NCW Member Shamina Shafiq paid visit to the homestay on Thursday and interacted with the police, victims, neighbours and home stay owner.

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