Leader Writer : Leivon Jimmy
New Delhi the Capital of India has once again hit the “shameful” spotlight for not being the capital of India but for wrong reasons. Starting from the pre Common Wealth games the image of national capital has been damage enough, for instances collapsing of foot overbridge, dengue and untidy atmosphere of the game village etc. Now comes the most popular headliners for the region rape, molestation, sexual abuse and so on, on North East girls.
The recent mindless act of gang rape of a Mizo girl has proven that Delhi the capital of India is far from safe especially for the north easterners. The safety of North East students has always been a state of concern, as every molestation, sexual abuse or rape, reported in Delhi, most of the victim turned out to be from North Eastern Region, not only rape but the victim is sometimes killed.
It was quite embarrassing and shameful for the incident occurred in the wake of the world wide observation of the International Fortnight Protection Violence Against Women.
Despite the attitude and inhospitality meted out by the mainland Indians towards the people of the region in every walk of life, many parents chose Delhi as the destination for higher Education. For some parents like the state of Manipur they are compelled to sent their children due to frequent disturbances in academic atmosphere not because they can’t afford. Limited job opportunity also another factors.
According to tentative data, about 4000 students from North East take admission in colleges in Delhi University alone, excluding the working class and approximately their about 100,000 people from the region. Besides extreme harassment the students also undergo mental and virtual pressure day in and day out from the moment the mainland people started calling them “Chingkies”.
The attitude or crime meted out there has adverse impact in the minds of the friends and families and public here. A sense of confusion and apprehension also creates back home whenever such incident are perpetrated as frequency of such barbarous act. The confusion in taking decision by parents whether to sent their students outside the state and the apprehension what could other children who are out there, be going through.
For some they considered that such incidents are intentional, a racial discrimination or taking advantages of the needy and hapless people created out of the situation.
It is right time the concerned Government or Authorities put their heads sincerely to bring out a long term policy in order to curb the growing menace, like a programme or policy inculcate the idea of respects from either sides, a common platform for Chingkies to come together and exchange culture, or sensitization, or such. Security round the clock can sometimes lapse and become futile allowing crime to cleave in the security parameter.
The situation has become alarming the reports further pointed out that as many as 16 severe cases of molestation, rape and other forms of extreme cruelty perpetuated in Delhi against people from the North-East have been recorded so far in 2009.
The incident has also once again has triggered the question of discrimination, alienation and disrespects to the women and the people of this region thus expanding the room for restlessness, lack of trust, hatred to get its root deeper. Sincere commitment and long term measure is the need of the hour instead of promises to improve security or blame games.