Mumbai: The Maharashtra state Minorities Commission has promised to take action against the broker who posted an advertisement for a flat saying Muslims not allowed. State Minorities Commission Chairperson Munaf Hakim said, "There are several cases of discrimination against minorities in housing that have come before. This discrimination has been documented in Mohammad Ur Rehman Committee report."
"We have taken action in the past for example against society registrars. We will speak with concerned authorities and take action," he added.
The National Minorities Commission too has said that it is examining the ad. "We're examining that, the ad I'm afraid to say is somewhat ridiculous, it talks about various facilities available in the apartment including no Muslims. How ridiculous and how absurd, it is highly offensive. Are Muslims part of the furniture, I mean what does he mean," questioned National Minorities Commission Chairperson Wajahat Habibullah.
"I got a call from a representative of 99acres.com pleading they can't be held responsible for the ads which are published on their site," he added.
A Mumbai broker put up an ad for the sale of a flat which says 'No Muslims are welcome'. A petition has been filed with the National Commission for Minorities seeking action against the broker and the portal.
The ad placed on leading realty portal 99 acres.com says, "Excellent brand new 2BHK fully furnished flat with cross ventilation, natural light. Cosmopolitan society, no Muslims, with car parking on immediate sale, fifth floor interested please call."
In black and white, the broker, Jacintha Real Estate, spells out why the flat is an excellent choice, among other features, the society does not entertain Muslims.
When CNN-IBN visited the property referred to in the advertisement in the heart of Mumbai, Dadar, the team was told that the building strictly accommodated only vegetarians and so, flats weren't sold to Muslims.
In a statement 99 acres.com said, "Our company is totally against such discriminatory practices. At any point of time 99acres has over 400,000 classified listings. These are uploaded directly by advertisers on the site using our self-service online interface. We are deeply embarrassed that our site was misused in this manner."