DIMAPUR, April 1 - The Delhi unit of the Naga People�s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take strong action to stop any form of racism against the people of the North East in other parts of the country.
The rights body made the appeal in the wake of widespread racial profiling, violence and discrimination against the people of the region living and working in different parts of India in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.
It said many cases have gone unreported, while the rise in the number of incidents of racism has evoked fear and insecurity among the community in addition to the collective fear of novel coronavirus.
Convener of the rights body Chingri Vashum and co-convener Guangpuangnag Kahmei, in a letter to the Prime Minister on Tuesday, sought protection of the people from the North East residing as tenants from eviction and harassment by their landlords.
The organisation urged the Prime Minister to set up shelter centres in different cities for stranded people of the region. It also urged him to provide concessions to students, non-working and vulnerable people of the North East on all forms of rent.
NBCC appeal: The Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has called upon executive secretaries/directors of Baptist associations under it to direct all their churches in no uncertain terms to avoid mass gatherings in the church buildings till the nationwide lockdown is over.
NBCC general secretary Rev Zelhou Keyho, in a release, urged all the church leaders to take the responsibility to convey the urgency of the situation and the need to act in a more practical way with respect to church life along with prayers and pastoral care.
Stating that the effects of COVID-19 were felt by everyone in society, he said, �As followers of Christ we need to be exemplary in our social responsibility.�
Keyho thanked God that no one has been confirmed positive with the virus in Nagaland so far.
He said the Church, in this developing situation, cannot be complacent but to remain vigilant and be prepared for any eventuality.