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Discrimination against NE people a reality: Survey

New Delhi, Dec 6, 2014 (PTI): 20:09 IST
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As many as 54 per cent people from the northeast feel that discrimination is a reality in the national capital while 74 per cent felt that Delhi is the "most unsafe" place in terms of ethnic discrimination, a survey report has revealed.

The survey, which was conducted to understand the perception regarding discrimination against people from Northeast India residing in Delhi and NCR also said that only four per cent of the victims of discrimination reported the matter to the police.

"54 per cent persons feel that discrimination is a reality. The highest number of 67 per cent respondents said that they were victims of ethnic/racial discrimination followed by only four per cent saying that they faced gender related discrimination while three per cent said they were discriminated on basis of their religion," said the report which was released today by NHRC Chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan.

However, there was a silver lining in the report for the national capital as 47 per cent respondents were hopeful that the city can be free from discrimination in the future.

The survey was carried out by ReachOut Foundation with the help of Policy Research during which 1000 respondents were interviewed in 30 different locations in Delhii and NCR.
"The situation in Delhi regarding racial/ethnic discrimination is most worrying at least for the Northeast people. 74 per cent respondents said that Delhi is the most unsafe place in terms of ethnic discrimination.

Only 8 per cent felt that it is the least worrying place regarding ethnic discrimination while 18 per cent did not express their opinion about it," the report revealed.

Speaking at the event, Balakrishnan said that the report will throw light at the various aspects and help us to find solution and the administrators, police should study this report and they should frame their policies…our economic reforms should be molded in such a way that this discrimination should end."

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