Every year, thousands of students join Delhi University, with a fair share of the freshers coming from the North East region of the country. To make the stay of these students, especially girls, safe and problem free in the Capital, the North East Support Centre and Helpline (NESCH) has issued a statement listing safety measures for people coming from the North East.
According to the statement, safety is the biggest concern for North-easterners in Delhi and the National Capital Region. The community has often held protests against the way they are treated in the city.
“For first timers, the city can be really mean and hence it was necessary to issue these guidelines. For the North-easterners, being at the receiving end of racial discrimination, is an old problem that has existed for eight or nine years,” says Madhu Chandra, spokesperson of NESCH.
The statement lists Delhi as being unsafe for women, especially those from the North East. “The main problem that North Eastern women face is sexual harassment. They think that people from the North East are immoral. Giving us names like chinkis and Nepalis is something we can still deal with, but not physical attacks. Cases of sexual harassment have increased since 2005,” says Chandra.
The students think alike. “I first got to know of the word ‘chinky’ when I got admission in the North Campus. In Delhi, I cannot go out without the fear of being touched. Guys here often get vulgar and indecent. We are targeted more because we are not very vocal and people have misconceptions about women from North East,” says Kim De, 25, who belongs to Arunachal Pradesh.
The guidelines also ask students not to take standby autos and taxis, except the pre paid ones to avoid trouble. “I came to Delhi last year to take admission in DU. On my very first day, the auto driver took me to a wrong destination and left me stranded,” says Eachren, 19, who belongs to Manipur. “Since most of us don’t speak the local language, the autowallahs try to fleece us by charging double or triple the fare,” she adds.
The NE Helpline number: 25084561, 9871510491, 9716004939, 9810554901
Dial 100 in case of any problem
Anti Stalking Cell: 011-27894455
Anti Obscene Cell: 011- 27894455