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Women activists demand disciplinary action against officer for harassing Manipuri woman

Updated: Jul 11, 2016 12:49 IST

New Delhi/Jaipur, July 11 (ANI): The women activists on Monday called for disciplinary action against the immigration officer, who allegedly misbehaved with a Manipuri woman at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and said it is extremely shameful that educated people are involved in such incidents.

Former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Barkha Shukla Singh said that an FIR should be lodged in this regard and added that the immigration officer must be punished.

"It is very shameful when these kinds of incidents take place in the national capital which is done by the educated people. If her face or her colour is different, this doesn't mean she is not an Indian. I think there should be a probe in the matter. We all are standing with her," she told ANI.

Echoing similar sentiments, women activist Kavita Shrivastava called for disciplinary action against the immigration officer and said that a chargesheet must be filed against him for his indecent act.

"We continuously call the people of North-East as 'Chinese'. What will the woman do when the immigration official tells her that she is not an Indian? She will obviously be angry," she told ANI.

Shrivastava further said India as a nation must collectively introspect the prevalent racism.

"We kill Africans. In the same manner, we have never accepted the Manipuris. When we don't accept them, there will be differentiation," she added.

Meanwhile, the Centre has taken cognizance of this matter and assured action against the officer.

"We have received a report that a Manipuri girl, who was going to South Korea, was misbehaved and racially targeted. We have got a report that Delhi Airport Immigration officer misbehaved with her.So, we have asked for the details," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told the media here.

"There will be probe in this matter. Action will be taken as and when details are given to us," he added.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has taken cognizance of this matter and tendered an apology to the Manipuri woman.

"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," she tweeted.

Earlier on Saturday, Monika in a Facebook post alleged that an immigration officer at Delhi's IGI Airport 'humiliated' her by repeatedly questioning her nationality. (ANI)