Indians have been racist to our own kind and there are many incidents to prove it. Citizens from the Northeast states face racial discrimination routinely, are still often treated as second-class citizens, and snubbed as “Chinkies” because of their facial structure.
In recent news, it has come to light that two sisters from Haryana were denied passports by the concerned authorities and the reason cited was that they look like Nepali.
Talking about the ordeal she faced, one of the sisters said, "When we went to the passport office at Chandigarh, they saw our faces and wrote that we are Nepali. They ask us to prove our nationality."
The Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Ashok Sharma said, "One person named Bhagat Bahadur went with his daughters Santosh and Henna to the passport office, Chandigarh, for the passport. There they have denied passport and wrote 'applicant seems to be Nepali' on their documents."
He even added that he has intervened in the matter, which has now been resolved. "I have taken cognizance of this as soon as it came to my notice and after my intervention both the sisters were called by the Passport office and now their passport will reach them very soon," he added.
Naturally, this didn't go down well with Twitterati.
Haryana: 2 sisters from Ambala who went to apply for passports,in Chandigarh were refused by officials allegedly on grounds of appearance. Ambala Dy Commissioner says,"Office wrote 'seems to be Nepali' & returned them.We intervened in the matter&they'll soon get passports".(1.1) pic.twitter.com/lwkLOWysa3
This is as outrageous as it gets because we don't understand what looking Nepali even means? Officials are supposed to follow the due process and not make it tougher for citizens to live in the country and not harass them. We're glad that the issue has now been resolved. But, we certainly hope nothing of this sort happens again.
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