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Visually-impaired Muslim woman appeals to Arvind Kejriwal after being denied accommodation

Assistant professor Reem Shamsudeen alleged that she was denied a rented house in Delhi for being a Muslim.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: July 24, 2015 3:55:39 pm

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A visually-impaired Muslim woman from Kerala, who is an assistant professor in a college affiliated to Delhi University, has alleged that she was denied a rented house in Delhi for being a Muslim.

In a short video addressed to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Reem Shamsudeen said the incident was shocking considering the cosmopolitan and metropolitan nature of Delhi.

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Urging the chief minister to look into the matter, Shamsudeen, an assistant professor of English, said she hoped no one would have to encounter this kind of shameful and inhumane experience even in future.

After introducing herself as a visually-impaired from Kerala, Shamsudeen said when she came to Delhi last February the whole state was booming with promises of AAP about how Delhi was going to change when Kejriwal becomes the chief minister.

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“I would like to bring to your notice an instance of discrimination which I had to undergo recently. After the summer vacation, I got a rented flat and paid the advance for my mother and me to move in. The day I got the entire luggage to the new place, the land lord denied giving me the key, saying that she cannot rent her flat to a Muslim,” Shamsudeen said.

Shamsudeen said she had lived in Hyderabad for eight years and did her MA, MPhil and PhD from English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, where she “had never experienced this level of discrimination based on religion”.

“If I had to face this kind of an experience, what would be the case of my students who come from various parts of the country?” Shamsudeen said.

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