By Pradeep Kumar
ITANAGAR, May 14: Reacting on craze for easy going and care free life of most of NE girls in cities who conduct themselves like unbridle free birds, Delhi special police commissioner Robin Hibu, when asked, said that many NE girls with Africans are seen during every Sunday church service at Cathedral Church but such union hardly materializes in marriages except time pass gestures.
There are numerous examples of painful exploitation while many left alone. One Bina Laxmi had a painful death and her mortal remains were cremated at Punjabi Bagh crematorium ground two years ago. She was left to die at Safdarjung with full blown HIV on being abandoned by her living together Haryanvi Jat mate and disowned by her Manipur parents.
A Mizo female having AIDS was sent back to Mizoram by Helping Hands last year after being left by Nigerian boy friend in Dwarka. An Arunachal female was kept as sex slave by a married Army man at Noida with venerable diseases. Naga airhostess was saved due to excess bleeding during third abortion after duped by a Punjabi man. She was left after abortion as that man could not have regular physical relation with her as she developed infection due to repeated abortions.
Life goes on like a clock as time and tide waits for none. But such exploitations of NE girls are deeply hurting despite lot of mass awareness.
More than 12 lakh NE youths work in national capital, mostly in BPOs, call centres, spas, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, media houses, sales persons and receptionists. And then there is a huge army of students from the NE who are enrolled in different universities and colleges. NE people feel alienated in national capital just because they look “different” and the record of discrimination they have faced from the “mainstream” are evident.
After a 19-year-old Nido Tania was thrashed to death in Delhi by local goons on 29.01.14, the MoHA woke up and appointed retired bureaucrat MP Bezbaruah to suggest measures to address these concerns. His report had led to many preventive steps, including appointment of Robin Hibu as first nodal officer to exclusively help NE people in distress, particularly girls and a telephone helpline to seek help. Thus, Hibu made a difference by all possible help to them, including finding a rented house, a cemetery, arranging for blood, ensuring good medical treatment and consoling victims of violence.
His historical steps included creating provision in Delhi Police for recruiting NE youth to form Delhi Police Representative for North Eastern Region, treatment in 51 Delhi private hospitals for NE people at 20% concession, blood donation camp by NE people to meet rising blood crisis in New Delhi, performing last rites of NE people who die there, activating Helping Hands, an NGO which has hundreds of lawyers, chartered accountants and officers from various services as members and supporters, used WhatsApp as a tool to form groups, like Crime Victim, Students Leader and SOS for serving NE people.
Hibu’s service was recognized with special appreciation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for focusing on NE region and conferment of President of India Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2010, state award (Gold Medal) by Arunachal Pradesh Govt twice besides recipient of United Nations Peace Medal for service in Kosovo (2000) and Bosnia (1999).
It is time for NE people to realize their potential as former state governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh has once predicted that NE would become recruitment hub for rest of India to recruit hard working and honest employees of the region.