Inspiring: After kids refused to play with Muslim girl, society takes steps, turns inclusive
Shams Ur Rehman Alavi
It is an inspiring story, especially, when we think of the times we live in.
A girl was told by two kids that they won't play with her, as she was Muslim.
The six-year-old girl broke down and complained to her mother who took it up with other women in the housing society.
The complaint was not ignored or hushed up, rather, the housing society took a decision to become more inclusive, ensure better interaction among families and to sensitize kids.
The women in the society in Malad in Mumbai, fully supported the girl's family and said that they would ensure that there was no room for bigotry or communalism and children grew up in a better amosphere, respecting and understanding each others' faith and culture.
Subsequently, the society members decided that they will now hold more get-togethers, dinners and events so that all the families come close and there are strong bonds, leaving no space for any bias or communal hatred. The kids were counselled and soon they were playing together.
Incidentally, this happened in Mumbai, where it is a common complaint that societies deny flats or houses on rent to people belonging to other communities or castes. There are societies that have just people belonging to one faith or those hailing from one state or group.
The Royal Oasis society in Malad West, must be commended for taking a strong stand. Just when hate is becoming mainstream and people spew venom freely without caring about its impact on society and country, this is a step that shows us that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel. Will other housing societies, learn! [Photograph is for representational purpose]