A group of students from the Northeastern states met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament House on Thursday. The students wanted to bring to his notice the cultural prejudices they face in the Capital.
In the meeting that lasted 40 minutes, the students highlighted the inaction of the police when they complain about the harassment they face.
The delegation of students was accompanied by BK Handique, Union Minister for Mines and Minister of Development of North Eastern Region; Agatha Sangma, Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development and Vincent Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources.
Handique outlined the the steps taken by his ministry and Delhi Police to ensure the safety of the students from the Northeast.
During the discussion, a lot of suggestions were made by the delegation, such as setting up of helplines, involvement of the resident commissioners of concerned states and fostering greater cultural exchange.
The people taking part in the discussion felt that the need to change the prevailing mindset and having hostels for students and working women from the Northeast are other viable solutions to curb cases of harrasment.
Singh expressed his concern and assured the students that he would speak to the Lt Governor and put in place a mechanism to check cases of prejudice and harrasment of students from the Northeast in future.