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North Easterns are very much Indian, please respect them

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North East community has been misunderstood in other parts of the country. Common sense of the society needs to be challenged when they call girls from North East as ‘chinky’, they thing these girls are loose and easily available for them. On the other hand, men from these regions are considered as to be drug addicts. The fashion sense of north east communities is par beyond and here people misunderstand their regular clothing’s style also.
Honestly, people from north-east are facing discrimination everywhere in their own country, let it be, their landlords in the cosmopolitan cities, market places, workplace and most strange thing is in the college/s. In most cases, they are ignored.
It is unfortunate and stern action should be taken against the offender even if the case is minor. These types of stern action only can curb racism from the rooted Indian against NE region. This type of racism should not be acceptable.
Nido Taniam case is a heart wrenching. He was killed by street goon on New Delhi’s road. This is not acceptable, but what next? What our politicians are doing, they are not upto our expectation. Poor soul Nido left this world and his parents are devastated but what Nido means to Rahul Gandhi. He was just lost soul who could have helped him to reach that particular PM’s chair, that’s it.
On the other side, Delhi police are considered to be one of the best policing network to extract any sought of information but they are exerting pressure on local hawkers to crack the case or even applying 3rd degree. Go into investigation, why they are quite over the issue so long, though the culprits are arrested. Observations and lame performance of Delhi police leads to many speculations.
It was sad and distressing to know that the Delhi police quick action comes after the direct intervention of Rahul Gandhi; this is how our system operates?
High Court barged cops who failed to attach postmortem reports. Cops stated that the reports take 15 days to be delivered in a serious case like this; I don’t know even in a serious case also how reports come in 15 days of time then think of other cases. Firstly, police delays in filing an FIR then taking time for the post mortem report. Generally, it shouldn’t take 15 days to generate post mortem report. It is been almost a week since the boy is been killed, yet the autopsy report has not been submitted in the court.
Not even after a week of Nido’s case, on 7 February, a 14-year-old girl from Manipur was allegedly raped by her landlord’s 17-year-old son in Delhi. Once again, the criminal is juvenile, so how our law is going to deal with this case. “Oh he is a juvenile so as per the Indian law he cannot be prosecuted, give him a candy” will be the reaction of his lawyer in the court.
Eventually, Delhi is on the verge of becoming city of rogues and thugs. Delhi police are proving themselves as shameless police force of this country. We have toothless judicial system as well as shameless leaders who look at it with silence.
The other side of juvenile section law has to be redeveloped and some major amendments is the need of the hour. Nido Taniam and 14 year old Manipuri girl’s are the major cases where the juveniles are involved. Juvenile has to be treated with adult laws for better outcome and to bring drastic improvement in the society. While, many young lives have lost due to racial attacks so demands for ‘anti-racial act’ should be there.
In fact, there are sufficient provisions and acts like the ST&SC Atrocities Prevention Act, IPC; etc but special provision specially meant for the NE community should be there. The question is how sincere and proactive our policemen are whose duty is to take care of the law and order and to protect every citizen of this country?
In the year 2012 with growing incidents of racial discrimination and verbal abuse against citizens from the North-East have forced the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to send a letter to all the states and Union Territories, asking them to book offenders guilty of atrocity against people from the region under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act since a significant number of persons from the North-East belong to the Scheduled Tribes. It under the law, an offender can end up spending five years in jail and the accused could be denied anticipatory bail as well. And in case the police fail to act on a complaint, he/ she could be imprisoned for a term which should not be less than six months and may be extended to a year.
However, lack of awareness is the problem here. Awareness campaigns and related initiatives would help them.
The most important issue that is hardly ever discussed is the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). If we want the people from North East to feel at home in our country, we need to stop the repression with impunity under AFSPA. This again reminds us how crucial it is to retract AFSPA from the country to stop such racial attacks.
Make the punishment harder and worst; this is the only solution to get rid of problems in the society but mostly in Delhi. Delhi Police force needs major firing for their lethargic behaviour and the rich boys of Delhi and other metropolitan need major awareness.
They are very much Indians and please save their pride and dignity they deserve.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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