‘No instance of racism’ Manipuri girl ‘misunderstood’ : Inquiry panel

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New Delhi, Jul 20 : Days after Manipuri woman, Monika Khangembam, alleged facing racism at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, an internal enquiry panel has found out that the official in question asked only ‘general questions.’

Khangembam had alleged that the immigration officer had questioned her Nationality multiple times while she was on her way to Seoul for a conference. She also mentioned how the officer at the IGI airport ‘humiliated’ her by asking her to name the states in India.

According to a report in The Hindu, the inquiry panel at the Bureau of Immigration had analyzed the CCTV footage and came to the conclusion that the only question the immigration desk had asked Khangembam, was to name the States that share a border with Manipur which is not ‘unusual’.

After the incident, Khangembam had written a Facebook post wherein she mentioned how the immigration desk had gone to the extent of saying that she did not look like an Indian.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had even tweeted apologies to Khangembam assuring her that she would take up the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh since immigration does not come under her Ministry.

Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, had also issued a statement saying that the Centre had taken cognizance of the event and ordered a probe.

While the inquiry panel was committed towards the idea of acting against such complaints, they cannot take any action if there is no evidence. Reportedly, the officials have said that Khangembam ‘misunderstood’ the entire episode.

Courtesy: Indian Express

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