Monday, July 11th, 2016

How Kiren Rijiju, Sushma Swaraj react to Manipuri woman racial harassment case

Narada Desk | July 11, 2016 4:24 pm Print
Union External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj has also tweeted that while the immigration doesn’t come under her ministry, she would take up the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Monika Khangembam

Reacting to the alleged racial harassment incident at Delhi’s IGI Airport, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, “Action will be taken as and when details are given to us”.

Monika Khangembam, a resident of Imphal, Manipur was allegedly asked to prove her “Indianness” at the emigration desk in the Airport on Saturday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also tweeted that while the Immigration Department doesn’t come under her ministry, she would take up the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

“Monika Khangembam – I am sorry to know this. Immigration is not with me. I will speak to my senior colleague Shri @rajnathsingh ji to sensitise Immigration officials at the airport,” Swaraj said in a tweet.

Khangembam said  when she went to the emigration desk at IGI at around 9pm on Saturday, she was asked irrelevant questions regarding her “Indian” identity.

Indian toh nahi lagti ho, Pakka Indian ho?” (You don’t look like an Indian, Are you a genuine Indian), an emmigration desk official mocked at Khangembam,  who was en-route to Seoul to represent India at a global women’s conference.

Read the Monika Khangembam’s full statement here:

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, “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 and he is like, “so tell me how many states Manipur shares borders with. Name them”. I totally lose it and I look away and roll my eyes and don’t answer. And he is still insisting me to answer. 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?

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