North-East Students Face Racism In Kirori Mal College

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Utkarsha Bansal
Utkarsha is a B.A. (Honours) Political Science student at Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, who has worked for various organizations as a freelance writer and/or editor. She is often found with her nose dug in a book. Other times she is out, exploring the world.

After a student of Kirori Mal College was harassed and called ‘Corona Virus’, the North East Students Cell of the college has filed an official complaint to the Principal with attached testimonies.

Racism is a blight on human conscience. The fact that pristine educational institutes of the nation such as Kirori Mal College also faces this blight, poses serious questions on the educational system of India.

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The North East Students’ Cell of Kirori Mal College has filed an official complaint to the Principal of the college, Dr. Vibha Singh Chauhan, demanding an inquiry into the matter. The students complain of being name-called and thrown racial slurs at, very commonly on the campus.

“It was around 11:50AM on 6th February 2020, when I went to the canteen for lunch along with a friend of mine. While waiting for my food, there was a group of three male students standing beside me. Without any provocation, two of them started throwing racial slurs at me and totally caught me off guard. They said “Look, the corona is here!” and “Corona Virus!”, to which I replied by asking them to say what they said to my face. While the other one said, “people like her are like this only”.”, a northeast student studying at KMC shared in her testimony.

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“I have decided to share my testimony because I want people to be aware of racial prejudice like the one I’ve encountered”, she added.

Another student shares his experience of being attacked with racial slurs such as “Chinki” while he was working in a college lab.

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The North East Students’ Cell of Kiori Mal College has taken this issue very seriously. The Cell conducted a meeting with the Proctorial Committee after which another sub-committee was formed to look into this matter. Two such meetings with the Committee has already taken place. Some faculty members are also being accused of being involved in the matter.

“We have retrived the CCTV footage from the administration. We’re trying to identify the culprits.” added the President of the Cell, Calvin Zou.

The college administration is looking into the matter seriously and the Principal has promised to students that appropriate action would be taken.

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