Monday, July 11th, 2016

Manipuri girl to slap case after being quizzed to prove her “Indianness” at Delhi Airport

Bishwajit Aribam | July 11, 2016 11:12 am Print
“See... You yourself need to know your Indianness. How many states are there in India?” she was asked
Monika Khangembam, Manipuri Girl, racial abuse

In the recent “not a new”racial abuse incident encountered by northeast Indian, the Manipuri woman, who was allegedly asked to prove her ‘Indianness’ at Delhi’s IGI airport emigration desk recently, said she will file a case against concern authority.

“I will file case with the concerned authorities and see where it goes from there,” Monika Khangembam tells NaradaNews, reiterating that it wasn’t first such incident she encountered.

Khangembam, who hails from Imphal, Manipur, wrote in a Facebook post that 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  emigration desk official mocked Khangembam,  who was enroute to Seoul to represent India at a global women’s conference.

The blatant racial attack didn’t end there. The official went on and asked, “See… You yourself need to know your Indianness. How many states are there in India?”

“I helplessly answered him as he is not proceeding with the emigration 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,” Khangembam wrote.

The official insisted her to answer when irate Khangembam didn’t respond. When Khangembam said she was getting late, the official said, “aircraft aapko chodke kahi nahi jaa rahi. Aaram se jawab do” (the aircraft isn’t leaving without you. You can answer at ease.)

“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,” Khangembam writes.

The post has gone viral on social networking site, Facebook, around 1000 shares.