Mangalore: 'Flat' Violation of Law: No Muslim Tenants Allowed Here!
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)
Mangalore, Nov 2: In a clear violation of the country's Constitution and law of the land, a flat owners association in the city has resolved that individual owners in the apartment complex should not lease or rent out their flats to Muslims!
A report by local Kannada daily Vartha Bharathi states that as per the notice pasted at Prasad Apartments, Bendorewell here, Prasad Apartments Owners Association has requested its members not to rent or lease their apartments to Muslims.
'6. Members are requested not to let their flats to Muslims on rent or Lease'
This stricture is among the list of resolutions purported to have been passed at the meeting of the owners association held on March 20 this year. The condition is listed as the sixth of the seven resolutions reportedly passed at the above meeting. This particular condition has been underlined with red ink to ensure that the owners take note of this particular condition without fail.
While complaints which came in from various parts of the country so far including Mumbai spoke of oral, unwritten diktat against sale or letting out of flats to people belonging to certain communities, this particular association has gone a step ahead, by publishing the resolution passed at its meeting on its notice board.
The incident, which has come to the fore in a democratic republic which is backed by the aim of providing equal status to people belonging to all castes and religions, is shocking to say the least. The notice continued to be in the notice board for about eight months till now, and surprisingly, no one has raised an objection to this illegal resolution so far.
A few lawyers from the city, who were contacted for their opinion on the above incident, said that Indian Constitution clearly forbids maltreating people on the basis of their religious or other affiliations, and that giving rise to communal hatred is a crime under various laws. The police commissioner also reiterated this view, and said that the policemen will take legal action if they receive complaint about the same.