Friday, September 11, 2015

A para-athlete’s tale of woe at airport

New Delhi: An international para-athlete, Suvarna Raj, was allegedly harassed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here by security personnel.

Ms. Raj had gone to South Korea to represent India at the ‘World Assembly of Women with Disabilities’ from September 2 to 6 and was allegedly asked to get up from the wheelchair for security check.

“I cannot walk and when I told them [the security personnel] they said I will have to get up from the wheelchair for security check,” Ms. Raj said. “I then told them that I cannot even get up on my own and need help.” Shockingly, there were no women attendants available and Ms. Raj was helped and held up by a male attendant. “I told them I am not comfortable with a male attendant but they said there was no other option.” However, she said that within minutes another wheelchair was brought, but the whole experience was sheer harassment.
11/09/15 Maria Akram/The Hindu
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