Monika Khangembam from Sagolband, Imphal West, Manipur is founder of Woman and Youth for Peace and Development based in Imphal. Presently she is at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea participating 10th Ewha Global Empowerment Program (EGEP) called “Transnational Feminisms and Women’s Activism”. She has presented a paper on issues of women in Manipur due to prolonged conflicts that have been happening in the State.
The followings are the messages that Monika would like to address regarding the present racial discrimination issues in India. Recently, Monika has alleged racism and harassment at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi on her way to Seoul on July 9, 2016. She expressed her feelings on the same night at her facebook wall which went viral with over 1700 shares as on today.
- Not having an anti-racism law in India is one of the biggest shortcomings in India as no one is aware to seek help or complain when one faces such incident of racial discrimination. She calls for an urgent need for anti-racism law in India with inputs from experts and law makers.
- Just giving penalty to the immigration officer is not the solution, the need of sensitization and communication are some of the key steps to initiate the root cause of racial discriminations that’s happening in today’s India. She is willing volunteer in the whole process of sensitization.
She is very thankful to the Home Ministry for their prompt action and inquiry. She is also thankful to Sushma Swaraj and Kiran Rijiju for proactive and supportive gestures.
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