Just a week after she moved into an apartment in Mumbai, Misbah Qadri, a communications professional, was asked to leave. “I was told that they do not give flats to Muslim people,” she says.
The 25-year-old had discovered a three-room condo at Sanghvi Heights in Wadala after a long, troublesome hunt. She leased the level with two working ladies who reached her on Facebook, both Hindu.
When she was going to move in, the agent supposedly advised her that the lodging society does not permit Muslims. Misbah was professedly requested that present her resume and sign a disclaimer that said on the off chance that she confronted any badgering from her neighbors in light of her religion, the manufacturer would not be considered capable.
Misbah discovered the terms hostile, yet had no way out as she effectively surrendered her past flat.
After a week, nonetheless, she was professedly requested that by the intermediary abandon the flat. So were her companions, for supporting her.
“Everyone has a limit to what they can take. I have reached mine,” she said, now in a flat she found through a Muslim broker.
The housing society has denied her allegation.
“We allow Muslim people to stay here. The broker should be asked about it,” said Rajesh, the supervisor of Sanghvi Heights.
Lawyer and activist Shehzad Poonawala has drawn the attention of the National Minorities Commission to Misbah’s case.
Last week in the city, 23-year-old MBA Zeshan Khan was denied a job by a multi-national jewellery exports company, which said in an email: “We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates.” The company blamed the email on a trainee in its HR department.
Misbah Qadri, who grew up in Gujarat, says she was exposed to discrimination in the aftermath of the 2002 communal violence in the state. “I have faced discrimination in Mumbai also,” she said.
Once, she said, she was asked by a broker whether she wore a burqa. “When I said no, he agreed. He said then no one will know you are Muslim. Don’t interact with people,” she shared.