The issue of growing attacks and sexual assaults on people from the Northeast in different parts of the country, especially in Delhi, was raised in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by a Congress member. Raising the matter during Zero Hour, Ninong Ering referred to a Manipuri youth being beaten to death here on Monday and several other recent cases and said these incidents amounted to "racial discrimination" which should be put to an end forthwith.
He said the previous government had set up a committee under former bureaucrat M P Bezbaruah to look into the concerns of people from the Northeast living in different parts of the country. This government, Ering said, had submitted its report to the new government and has recommended legal measures to ensure their safety and security from any assault on them. It also suggested that any attack of racial nature should be made a punishable offence. The Congress member urged the government to take urgent steps to implement the recommendations of this committee.