One person from the Northeast faces harassment in the Capital every alternate day, statistics by Delhi Police show.
The study of the pattern of crimes against the community living in Delhi also shows that South Delhi is the most unsafe area for Northeasterns and Munirka as the most unsafe residential colony.
Over 25 ‘serious’ crime cases against people from the Northeast were reported from Munirka this year (till October 15). The figure for the corresponding period last year was just three.
In south Delhi, over 70 cases have been registered — 60% of the total cases against Northeasterns reported from across the Capital in the past ten months. The total number of such cases stood at 125.
Other areas from where such crimes were reported frequently are: Malviya Nagar, Kotla Mubarakpur, Vasant Kunj, South Campus and Hauz Khas.
Community leaders believe the rising crime graph against their people underscores the failure of Delhi Police as a force and their several initiatives which had
been launched specifically to protect people belonging to the Northeast.
“The statistics prove beyond doubt that not only the crimes against people from N-E are rising. But, also the police are least concerned about the safety of people living in these vulnerable areas. Creating a N-E Cell or starting a helpline number wouldn’t solve the problem. The police personnel need to be more
vigilant and proactive. Otherwise, their tall claims of being sensitive towards crime against Northeastern people will fall flat,” said Chinglen Khumukcham of the North East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS).
Asked for a comment, a senior police officer said, “Several steps have been taken to curb such crimes. The rise in number of cases also signifies the fact that no such incident is being ignored — neither by the people, nor by the police. We have been holding meetings with representatives of Northeastern people in Delhi and making them aware about the steps Delhi Police has taken for their security.”