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Sorry! You can’t sell your flat to Muslims

A shocking incident has come to light in Vasai, where members of a Co-operative Housing Society, didn’t allow sale of a flat on the basis of religion.

The episode took place at Happy Jivan Co-operative Housing Society in Vasai, when a Hindu owner tried to sell his flat to a Muslim family, the members of the society objected the sale of his flat.

The decision was taken by eleven residents of the society with 16 flats who have objected to the sale of one of the flats.

The resolution was made after a meeting held on September 4. The members passed a resolution to keep Muslims out of the building. Two Muslim families who live in the society were away when the meeting was held and therefore they could not vote during the meeting.

The decision, supported by the majority of the members of Happy Jivan Co-operative Housing Society, was communicated through a letter to Kantaben Patel (55) and her son Jignesh Patel (32), who wished to sell their flat to a Muslim glass merchant Vikarahmed Khan and his family.

Signed by 11 members, the letter stated, “It is learnt that you intend to sell your flat to some Muslim guy. We feel that you should not do so…” The Patels were also advised to sell their flat to “any other person, preferably within our community”.

The Patels have now shot off letters to the sub-registrar of housing societies, as well as police with complaints about the society’s “high-handedness”.

They had finalised the sale of their 710sqft first-floor flat to Khan (35), who has already paid a token sum of Rs 1 lakh. Khan had sought a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the society to apply for a loan. “We decided to sell our flat to Khan as he offered the price we quoted. Now the society is refusing to give an NOC,” Jignesh told a Mumbai daily.

The society’s secretary, Jeetendra Jain, told that the decision to not allow Muslims was supported by the majority of the members. “The residents of the first floor, where the Patels stay, have an issue with non-Hindus. We will sort out the issue.”

The first floor of the society has five flats, all owned by vegetarian Gujarati families. A few residents said the families did not want non-vegetarians around.

Khan, who owns a glass showroom in Vasai, said he had faced such rejections before as well.

Real Estate agents reiterated these types of incidents are turning into a regular trend of not selling houses on the basis of religion.