Pregnant woman strip searched in GNBI Airport

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 26: In a shocking incident, a pregnant woman was allegedly “strip-searched” at Gopi Nath Bordoloi International (GNBI) Airport after a woman staff of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) wanted to verify her pregnancy.

The incident took place on the Sunday when the woman was returning to Delhi along with her husband after attending the last rites of her father here.

Shivam Sarmah and his wife Doli Goswami were travelling from Guwahati to Delhi on Sunday by Spicejet flight SG-169. Doli is 25-week pregnant with no complexity.

It is alleged that instead of getting a medical professional to examine her pregnancy, a lady CISF staff identified as Sujata by the couple had manually examined the pregnant woman by pushing her abdomen.

“I requested Spicejet staff for a wheelchair at the airport which they provided. However, the airline asked multiple questions on pregnancy for about 20 minutes before providing boarding passes. We were carrying the doctor’s prescription slip but left it in check in a bag after airline staff stopped us from carrying too many hand bags,” Sarmah said.

“When we approached the security check, the CISF staff did not hand over the boarding pass and  asked my wife to show proof of her pregnancy. I told woman CISF staff Sujata about her pregnancy and even shown her June 12 Delhi to Guwahati flight boarding pass. My wife has lost her father on June 11 night,” he said.

“The CISF staff insisted about proof of pregnancy. Finally, she asked my wife to accompany her to a room and she was forced to undress. The CISF woman officer also pushed her abdomen to check pregnancy manually,” he also said.

“I understand security concern. There was no shortfall since my wife has already passed through metal detector and manual detector like any other,” he added.

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