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Manipuri girl asked by Delhi immigration official, Are you pucca Indian?

Mon, Jul 11, 2016, 12:35 PM
A Manipuri woman has alleged that she was harassed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport's immigration desk where she was reportedly faced with a barrage of racist comments and was asked if she was really 'Indian'.

Monika Khangembam wrote on Facebook:

`The bloody racist immigration desk at it again! Looks at my Passport and says, "Indian toh nahi lagti ho". I get that all the time so don't react much to it, but then he goes on, "Pakka Indian ho?" with a smirk.

`I still don't react. What really got me was when he said, "See... You yourself need to know your Indianess. How many states are there in India?" The lady at the next counter is giggling.

`I tell him I am really running late. He goes on, "Nahi nahi bolo bolo". I helplessly answer him, as he is not proceeding with the process. And then he continues, "Kaha se ho". I said Manipur.

He goes on, "So tell me how many states Manipur shares borders with. Name them". I totally lose control and I look away and roll my eyes and don't answer. And he is still insisting on me answering.

`This bloody moron has all the time to ask all this. I said I was really getting late and he goes like, "Aircraft aapko chodke kahi nahi jaa rahi. Aaram se jawab do".

`What a bully and never felt so humiliated. It was like it was his mission to make me realise my 'Indianness' and he thought he was being funny. I was running late and felt I was giving in to the bully. Spoiled my night. Is there a way to complain against these bullies?'

Speaking to Asian News International on Monday, Monika's sister said: "It's unfortunate that my sister carrying an Indian passport was asked by the immigration officer about her nationality. Such type of treatment is unacceptable; the concerned authorities must look into it."
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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