Dimapur, March 31: The Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights, Delhi has appealed to the Prime Minister of India to ensure the safety and security of Northeast people in India as the country and the world fight against COVID-19.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the NPMHR lamented that as India fights 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.
“Many other cases go unreported. The rise of cases of racism has caused fear and insecurity to northeast people, in addition to collective 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.
The fear and insecurity are compounded by the uncertainties surrounding employment and livelihood due to the necessary lockdown. Students and people working in the unorganized sectors who make up most of the Northeast population in the cities are deeply affected,” it said.
In this state of emergency and humanitarian crisis, the NPMHR appealed to the PM to take stringent action against any form of racism towards people from the Northeast, anywhere in India; protection from eviction and harassment of Northeast tenants by landlords in cities across India and to set up shelter centres in different cities for stranded Northeast people.
The rights body also sought concessions on all forms of rent for NE students, non-working and vulnerable populations.
(Page News Service)