A strangely shocking incident from Guwahati airport was reported and brought to light through a tweet on Wednesday. At Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, on June 24, a woman was allegedly strip-searched as a CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) lady staff demanded to verify her pregnancy. Reports are that the alleged pregnant lady known to be, Doli Goswami, was returning to Delhi from Guwahati along with her husband Shivam Sarmah. As per an INDIA TODAY report, the couple was believed to have come to Guwahati on the June 12 for attending Goswami’s father’s last rituals. The couple was flying back to Delhi by a Spicejet flight after completing their stay.
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The incident was tweeted by the agitated husband himself on twitter. Sarmah had mentioned the lady staffs name in the tweet ending it with a question, “Is it a crime being pregnant in this country?”
@CISFHQrs @narendramodi Dear CISF, please learn how to treat a pregnant woman. Yesterday, in Guwahati airport my wife was harrased by CISF staff named Sujata, she forced my wife to undress to verify pregnancy. Is it a crime being pregnant in this country? pic.twitter.com/DRYS4FVZVO
— Shivam Sarmah (@shivamsarmah) June 25, 2018
The INDIA TODAY report also states that the couple had requested for a wheel chair to be arranged for the wife but while passing through the security, they were brought to a halt by the CISF lady staff. Who then denied handing them their boarding passes and instead asked the 25 weeks pregnant woman to give a proof of her pregnancy.
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As the report quotes the husband recollecting the day’s event, the more shocking fact that pregnant Doli was also manhandled by the lady staff leaves everyone’s foreheads creased in disgust. He said, “The lady CISF staff asked my wife to accompany her to a room and forced her to undress. The CISF lady staff also pushed my wife’s abdomen to her pregnancy.” After the tweet went viral, the CISF took the matter into serious consideration immediately initiating an enquiry.
On Tuesday, the CISF had reported that the alleged lady staff responsible for the mistreatment was now transferred back to training from the screening department. The TIMES OF INDIA quoted a statement from the CISF saying, “CISF woman sub-inspector has been transferred from screening duty to training. CISF has expressed regret on the behalf of woman sub-inspector to the complainant.”
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Further replying to the complaint and regarding a thorough enquiry in the matter, CISF added, “CISF has taken cognizance of victim’s complaint and the matter was enquired into. A new Sub-inspector was deployed for conducting the screening duty.”
The fact that while all this drama unfolded on an airport filled with hundreds of people, no one really seemed question why a pregnant lady was being taken to a separate room in such a way is something that should trouble us. The question to ask here is, while our nation sets up all the security processes to protect us who protects humanity?
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