Help for rental home seekers who face bias in India

Social ventures like Belongg aid those discriminated against, such as Muslims, Afghans and Africans

MS ARSHI YASIN, a Bengaluru-based co-founder of The Bridge, a sports news website.
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Rejection became the standard response when Ms Mariya Salim, a young Muslim single professional, spent five dispiriting months trying to find a rental flat in India's capital.

Every time she found a property she liked, the same story played out - landlords backed out abruptly and then stopped taking her calls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 03, 2020, with the headline Help for rental home seekers who face bias in India. Subscribe