An online ad for a two-bedroom flat for sale in Mumbai, India, highlighted the fact that it was furnished, had lots of natural light and car parking but also specified … “no Muslims”.
According to NDTV, the ad was posted on October 27 on popular property rental and sales portal, 99acres.com. Lawyer Shezad Poonawala has filed a complaint with the National Commission of Minorities against both the broker who was selling the flat and the website.
“This advertisement is only a symptom of the stereotype and prejudice that exists in society… I would advise 99 acres to immediately apologize unconditionally to the Muslims because there is an outrage against this advertisement,” said Mr Poonawala to NDTV.
In a statement, 99acres.com said: “We are in the process of putting in place more rigorous checks and processes to prevent the recurrence of such listings. We are deeply embarrassed that our site was misused in this manner.”
Vishal D Souza, the broker who placed the ad, was not available for comment. An employee in his office said that while the ad deeply problematic, in Mumbai it’s not uncommon for landlords to make it clear that they are not willing to sell or rent homes to Muslim families.
A series of media reports have exposed that many apartment buildings in Mumbai are deemed off-limits to Muslims by the societies or administrative councils that govern them.