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Hounding a Lesser Indian

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

It is indeed amazing that India should have been able to keep the States of the Northeast as part of the country despite the way people from the region are treated in Delhi and several other parts of the country. There have been several cases of molestation and rape of women from the north-eastern States in Delhi and a few cases of murder of students from this region. And far from expressing any remorse or grief at how some people of the tiol capital can treat their own compatriots from the peripheral States, the khaps of some areas of Delhi hold meetings to find new ways of harassing people from the Northeast merely because they look different and have unfamiliar surmes. There was one such meeting that even resolved not to rent out rooms and flats to people from the Northeast. The latest victim of such humiliation was Monica Khangembam of Manipur who was harassed by an immigration officer at the Indira Gandhi Intertiol Airport in Delhi who kept asking her whether she was a pukka Indian because she did not look like one to him. On being assured that she was indeed an Indian, Monica was asked how many States India had and the mes of States that Manipur shared a border with. She was badly humiliated for quite some time. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has promised action against the officer and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj too has reacted to Monica’s humiliation. Apart from appropriate pel action against the officer, he should be sternly told that he is not a geography teacher and should be given a taste of his own medicine by being asked similar questions on history and geography to prove his own Indian identity before a large audience. There is nothing in our laws against such action on a bullying officer.

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