India: Woman Denied Flat For Being Muslim

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By The Siasat Daily

May 27: A young Muslim woman was refused a flat for rent here by a builder allegedly on grounds of her religion just days after a male MBA graduate was denied a job by a diamond export firm for similar reasons.

Taking serious note of the incident, Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister Eknath Khadse today promised strict action against the guilty.

“We are seeking details of this incident and will deal with the guilty sternly,” Khadse told reporters here.

An activist has also taken up the matter with the National Commission for Minorities seeking a probe into the builder’s “discriminatory policy.”

25-year-old Misbah Quadri, who works with a Public Relations agency, had been living in an apartment at Kandivali in the western suburbs of Mumbai since she came to the city from Gujarat a year ago. Recently, she planned to move to a flat in Wadala area but met with a shocking response from the builder of the apartments.

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