Mumbai is increasingly becoming a difficult city to find accommodation for young and single women. Actress Nidhhi Agerwal who is gearing up for her Bollywood debut opposite Tiger Shroff in Munna Michael was asked to vacate her Bandra apartment. The housing society she was living in objected to her residence because she is a ‘single’ girl and the profession that she chooses. It is surprising that the city that harbours one of the biggest film industries of the world has such bizarre and backward notions about women working in the glamour industry. It is funny to note that most young actresses are single and come to the city to work in films and not giving them accommodation is a very wrong move and detrimental to the framework of a healthy society.
Nidhhi Agerwal had been living with a friend for nearly six months but now will have to hunt for a new place. She reportedly told Mid-Day that the housing society was not comfortable having an aspiring actress in the complex. Many housing societies have decided not to rent out their apartments to bachelors and single women. Many times discrimination based on religion is also made. Actresses are seen in bad light especially when they are at the initial stage of their careers, because it is suspected that they make money through illegal means. Housing societies often create bye-laws, under the Co-operative Societies Act which allow them to deny or forbid tenancy to a particular party but it is a constitutional violation as every Indian citizen has the right to reside anywhere in India and cannot be discriminated on the basis of religion, caste, sex or eating habits or marital status.
We hope that Nidhhi Agerwal gets a decent place to stay and such nonsensical laws should be scrapped at the earliest. Actress, Shabana Azmi and actor Emraan Hashmi ad also been a victim of such discrimination.