KOLKATA: In a shocking incident of bigotry, four doctors have been forced to vacate their rented flat by their neighbours for being a Muslim.
The four MCH alumni, identified as Aftab Alam, Mojtaba Hassan, Nasir Shaikh and Sawkat Shaikh have been working as house staffs in various hospitals in Kolkata and rented the Kudghat flat two months ago.
Alam, a resident of neighbouring Howrah district shared his personal experience on Facebook wrote that being a bachelor and Muslim in today’s society has become a big crime.
“Our landlord did not have any problem with us but, right from the beginning, some of our neighbours created a hostile situation. Things worsened on Monday when a friend came to visit us. He was heckled by some neighbours who asked him to show an ‘identity proof’. One of them – a middle-aged man – has asked us to find accommodation elsewhere as we are Muslims,” The Times of India quoted Alam as saying.
“Many landlords rejected us because of our religion. We got this flat after several weeks of house-hunting,” added Alam.
Sudipta Mitra, the landlord of the doctors was also not happy with eviction of the youth on the basis of their religion and said that it would set “a bad example in society.”
Mitra was quoted saying: “I will meet them and the people who raised certain issues on Saturday. I want to know their exact problem. I had a word with the neighbour who had objected to the group. He told me that the matter had been resolved but I personally want to meet them,” he said.