NE girls harassed in Delhi; student bodies demand action 

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HT Correspondent 

BAJALI, July 22: A shocking video is making rounds on social media showing a few girls from the Northeast being sexually harassed by a group of men in Delhi’s Hauz Khas area.

The girls recorded a video of the incident, which then went viral on social media. The video clip shows a group of middle-aged men wearing black T-shirt, asking ‘rate kya hai’ (what’s your rate) to a group of women, assuming them to be sex workers.

As per the girls, they were in Hauz Khas when a group of men stopped them to ask them “their rate for sexual activities”. In the video, the girls can be seen confronting the men. After this, the men can be heard apologising for their act.

Meanwhile, various student organisations from Gauhati University, Bhattadev University along with Northeast Students Union Vadodara (Gujarat) demanded strict action against the perpetrators.

Gunjan Rajbongshi, a student of Bhattadev University said, “Since Independence, people of the North-eastern region have faced countless discrimination across the country. From trying to give away parts of the region during Independence, to being racially discriminated against in the so-called mainland.”

“On Tuesday, an incident came into light in the capital city of Delhi itself, when men shouted slurs like “what’s your rate” to some women who were from Northeast,” he added.

He also said, “The people from the Northeast face slurs like ‘chinkis’ and Chinese and it has been prevalent all over the country for years and years. It’s time people realise the motto of diversity and I urge the government to take concrete measures to stop these kinds of incidents.”

Debonil Baruah, advisor of Northeast Students Union Vadodara (Gujarat), “I highly condemn this act and the incident that had happened in New Delhi with the ladies from northeast India. This is not the first time of such a case, earlier also people from Northeast had to face such discrimination, racial slurs, abusive comments only because of their facial structure. At the same time, I would say that not only northeast, women belonging from any part of this world or our country don’t deserve to be treated in this way. I request the concerned authorities to take a quick decision and give the right kind of punishment to these culprits. At the same time, I believe along with some strong action there should be some awareness program that has to be undertaken. Three months back a similar incident did happen where a YouTuber used racial words against the people of Arunachal Pradesh. A successful twitter storm was done by people of NE to include a mandatory chapter in NCERT textbook highlighting about culture, people and society of NE India. Along with strong laws, education and familiarising people of the mainland with Northeast India will lead to a bigger change.”

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