Naga body writes to Prime Minister
DIMAPUR, 31st Mar: Naga People's Movement for Human Rights, Delhi (NPMHR-Delhi) has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene on the "reported cases of racial profiling" and discrimination against the people from the Northeast India region.
"As India and the world fight against COVID-19, there are widespread reported cases of racial profiling, violence and discrimination perpetrated against the people from the Northeast region living and working in different cities of India," said the NPMHR-Delhi in its letter to the Prime Minister.
According to the NPMHR-Delhi, many other cases go unreported. It pointed out that the rise of cases of racism has caused fear and insecurity to Northeast people, in addition to fear of coronavirus.
"People, especially women from the region living in different cities are fearful of venturing out even around their immediate localities to buy daily essentials," said the NPMHR letter.
The fear and insecurity are compounded by the uncertainties surrounding employment and livelihood due to the necessary lockdown. Students and people working in the unorganised sectors who make up most of the Northeast population in the cities are deeply affected, it added.
"In this state of emergency and humanitarian crisis we appeal to you for stringent action against any form of racism towards people from the Northeast, anywhere in India," the NPMHR-Delhi said.
Appealing to the Prime Minister for providing protection to the tenants from Northeast to prevent from eviction and harassment by landlords in cities across India, NPMHR then urged the Prime Minister to set up "shelter centres" in different cities for the stranded Northeast people.
Finally, the Naga rights body said that there should be concessions on all forms of rent for Northeast students, non-working and vulnerable populations.
"We hope and pray that, a difficult time like this will not deter your unwavering support to Northeast people so far, and we would like to believe that your leadership will help in stopping racism in this hour of crisis," the NPMHR-Delhi said in its letter. (Newmai News Network).