A week after Mizoram native Vanlalruat Kima was racially profiled by a police constable, the community in the city is using social media, blogs and other measures to ensure members do not face such incidents.
After Kima, a Bandra resident, was referred to as a ‘Nepali’ by a police constable, the Bombay Mizo Christian Fellowship (BMCF), a local group of people from Mizoram, has decided to update its website and use social media to create awareness about the community. “We will soon add the English language to our official website where we share news about the community,” said Fanai. “We will also use social media to create awareness about the community," said TV Fanai, vice-president of the group..
The group has circulated a list of contacts of community leaders who can be contacted in cases of racial profiling.
“After the incident, we want everyone in the community to have numbers of people they can contact immediately in case this happens again,” said,
Kima, 32, himself brought the incident to light through his blog, in which he invited the Mumbai police to a ‘cup of tea’, on the lines of a campaign adopted in Norway to counter racism against the Muslim community.
“While that blog was meant for the police, the invitation for a cup of tea is open to anyone who wants to get to know the community better,” said Kima.
On Friday, Deputy Commissioner of Police Nisar Tamboli (Zone II) visited All Saints Church, Malabar Hill, to address the Mizoram community after their prayer service on Good Friday.
“It was important for us as an institution to meet with members of the community to dispel any kind of misunderstanding or fears, and this is an ongoing process of sensitisation,” said Tamboli. “The common man, and even educated people, often, do not know what can be derogatory to the community,” he said. On Thursday, the police constables had apologised to Kima in a meeting at the Malabar Hill police station.