Building complex which 'refused' flat to Misbah Quadri has other Muslim tenants

After Misbah Quadri came forward and said that she was thrown out of her house in Wadala East because she was a Muslim, her broker said that Misbah was denied the flat because she did not have relevant documents.

FP Staff May 29, 2015 13:30:36 IST
Building complex which 'refused' flat to Misbah Quadri has other Muslim tenants

Two days after media professional, Misbah Quadri, came forward with a complain that she was thrown out of her apartment because of religious bias, her broker has told The Hindustan Times that Misbah was denied the flat not because she was a Muslim but because she did not have relevant documents.

25-year-old Misbah, who hails from Gujarat, had told the media that she was denied a flat in Wadala East because she was a Muslim. Quadri rented a 3-BHK apartment in Wadala with two other girls. But just a week after moving in, Quadri was told to vacate the flat. "He (the realtor) threatened to call the cops and throw me out of the flat," Quadri told The Hindu. "It got very ugly."

Building complex which refused flat to Misbah Quadri has other Muslim tenants

Misbah Quadri. Image courtesy: Facebook

She was told by the builder's representative that it was a "company policy" not to have Muslim tenants.

But the report in The Hindustan Times, raises questions on Misbah Quadri's credibility. The HT report said that the building, which Quadri claimed is biased against Muslims, has three other Muslim tenants who said they have no issues living in the building.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the tenants said that Quadri lived there with her flatmates for a month without any problem.

The broker alleged that he had filed a police complaint against Quadri 10 days after she moved into the apartment. "On 16 April, the flat’s broker submitted a complaint, which stated that Qadri had not submitted all the required documents and asked us to take the necessary steps," a police officer from the Wadala Police Station was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, the other two flatmates of Quadri have been evicted of the apartment for standing by her, The Times of India report said. "It has been very hard for us. We did not anticipate the repercussions of standing by Misbah. Not only were we told to leave the flat but the deposit we paid while renting the house has not been returned. But it's good that her story is out in the public domain," one of her flatmates told Times of India.

Quadri's case has gathered immense outrage among those living alone in Mumbai. The day Quadri came forward with her story, social media had burst with tales of housing bias in the city.

Quadri reportedly had told the broker that if he wanted, certain living conditions could be laid down, but the broker refused to listen. This incident came in the backdrop of reports of a youth being allegedly denied a job in Mumbai because he was a Muslim.

However, amid conflicting statements from the broker and Misbah, it is hard to ascertain who is telling the truth but Deputy Commissioner of Police, Port zone, Kiran Chavan, "On the face of it, it does not seem like the builder or the building’s residents have any problem with the people from the Muslim community living there," Chavan told Hindustan Times.

The building's supervisor noted that it could be a brokerage issue and said that the builder had no role to play in it.

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