Amid COVID-19 threat, many have recently begun to stare at people who come from the Northeast
Amid COVID-19 threat, many have recently begun to stare at people who come from the Northeast|Representational image
MEGHALAYA

COVID-19: Meghalaya BJP president writes to Amit Shah over racism

BJP state president Ernest Mawrie raises formal complaint with Union home minister Amit Shah, says there have been reported cases of racial comments, harassment subjected to people of Northeast India

Princess Giri Rashir

Princess Giri Rashir

Shillong: Taking stock of racial comments faced by the people of Meghalaya in New Delhi and other states, BJP state president Ernest Mawrie on Friday wrote to Union home minister Amit Shah over the issue.

In his letter to Shah, Mawrie raised a formal complaint that there have been reported cases of racial comments/harassment subjected to the people of Meghalaya, the student community in particular and the people of Northeastern states in general, studying in various places of the country, particularly in the national capital.

"Let this letter also serve as a written objection that some people in the national capital are taking unwarranted advantages of the situation when the nation with the rest of the world is terrified and going through a crucial situation at the outbreak and in combating against the dreaded virus COVID-19," Mawrie wrote in his letter.

He further said that complaints have remained unheeded. On behalf of the people of the region in general and the people of the state in particular, Mawrie urged upon the authorities concerned to take appropriate actions to stop it or remedy it.

"Nevertheless, I look forward and would appreciate the opportunity that would be engaged from your end to seriously address the situation as a major concern, as well as adopting an approach on how it can be addressed to ease the racist abuse towards the people of the Region," added Mawrie.

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