The North East Students’ Organization (NESO) has condemned the recurring incidence of violence and discriminations due to physical appearance meted out to the indigenous peoples from the North East states, who are studying and working in different cities and parts of mainland India.
In a statement issued on Monday, NESO Chairman Samuel B Jyrwa said reports of violent attacks and racial discrimination against the students and public from the region has been on the rise from various parts of mainland India after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
He said this is the very least disheartening considering that the world at large is striving together to restrict the spread of deadly COVID-19.
“The humiliations they had to undergo apart from the mental distress of staying away from their love and dear ones, does not augur well for the diverse country that India is,” Jyrwa said.
The Chairman said the NESO appeals to the Central government to put in place all necessary arrangements in order to ensure the physical and emotional wellbeing of the NE community in various parts of the country.
He also suggested that the respective chief ministers of the NE states to actively liaise with their counterparts in various states in order to ensure that the perpetrators of hate crimes from various parts of the country are brought to book and that future occurences of such unwanted incidents are completely avoided.