Social media influencer Urfi Javed, who remains in the news most of the time for her outlandish outfits, has once again gotten herself in trouble for the way she dresses. Urfi is having trouble finding a rental home. She thinks it’s because of her outfits and her religion.
The 25-year-old girl, who hails from Lucknow, took to Twitter on January 24 to share her pain. “Muslim owners don’t want to rent me because of the way I dress, Hindi owners don’t want to rent me because I’m Muslim. Some owners have a problem with the political threats I get. Finding a rental apartment in Mumbai is so chubby,” wrote she.
Within a short time, her tweet went viral and many people sympathized with her. While some also asked her to dress well to get shelter in Mumbai.
A Twitter user who goes by the name of Abhishek Bhalerao wrote, “Same situation, hope you get a good place to stay as soon as possible.”
Urfi answered him saying, “It’s literally Everytime Mahn, single, Muslim, actress – impossible to find a home.”
Is Urfi the first to deal with this? Although Urfi remains in the news for its controversies, the problem of finding a place to rent, especially for Muslims, is indeed a problem.
In 2009, Bollywood actor Emran Hashmi had raised this issue of discrimination by housing associations after he was refused a declaration of no objection (NOC) from an upscale housing association in Bandra to buy a flat in the building. Hashmi had claimed that he was denied the NOC just because he is Muslim, as he came to know through some people that the society was biased towards Muslims. And not only Emran Hashmi, also television actor Aamir Ali had repeated the same sense of religious discrimination when he was refused to buy a property in Lokhandwala in Mumbai in 2006. The actor had said that the owner refused to sell his property because he is a Muslim.