New Delhi: In another case of racial discrimination in the national capital, Monika Khangembam, a Manipuri woman alleged that an immigration official at the Indira Gandhi International Airport hurled racist remarks at her. A resident of Imphal, Khangembam was on her way to Seoul when the incident took place.
Khangembam took to Facebook to vent out her frustration. In a Facebook post dated July 9, Khangembam wrote about how she was humiliated by the immigration officer and subjected to a barrage of questions to prove her nationality.
“I wouldn’t have minded if he asked me trip-related questions like ‘what’s the conference about’, ‘how long are you there’, ‘where do you work currently’, ‘who is funding the trip’ etc. It’s even perfectly fine to ask where I am from but it’s not fine bossing around asking with that sarcastic smile ‘How many states are there in India?’ ‘Name the states bordering Manipur’. This is not related to the trip nor I am a kid (sic),” she said.
Her post soon went viral and was brought to the notice of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj tweeted that while the immigration department was not under her ministry, she would take up the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
This is not the first time that someone hailing from the North East has been subjected to racial discrimination. People from North East often find themselves facing ridicule on the basis of their features. Earlier in 2014, a 19-year-old Nido Tania was beaten to death over an altercation which started when some men made fun of his hairstyle.