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Ordeal for former Director General of Nat�l Museum at US airport

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GUWAHATI, March 21 - Former Director General of National Museum, New Delhi, and Vice Chairman, Indian Archaeological Society, New Delhi Dr Rabin Deva Choudhury had a �harrowing and humiliating experience� during a security check at a New York airport on March 15.

Taking strong exception to the incident, Dr Choudhury, in a letter to the US Ambassador to India, New Delhi, sought his intervention in stopping such �unnecessary harassment and insult� to Indian passengers.

Dr Choudhury in his letter, stated that while he was travelling to New Delhi from New York by an Air India flight (No AI 102) on March 15), he was subjected to body search in a most embarrassing and humiliating manner during security check at the airport.

�When I expressed my unhappiness to the security personnel over the humiliating body search, he told me that it was a routine search and that he was only doing his duty,� he said.

Calling for an end to such abusive security checks, Dr Choudhury said that he had visited the US in the past but never did he endure such an ordeal during security check.

Stating that he has decided never to visit the US again, Dr Choudhury said that he has also asked his son currently working in the US to come to India and contribute to his motherland �instead of living in a foreign country to be humiliated.�

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Ordeal for former Director General of Nat�l Museum at US airport

GUWAHATI, March 21 - Former Director General of National Museum, New Delhi, and Vice Chairman, Indian Archaeological Society, New Delhi Dr Rabin Deva Choudhury had a �harrowing and humiliating experience� during a security check at a New York airport on March 15.

Taking strong exception to the incident, Dr Choudhury, in a letter to the US Ambassador to India, New Delhi, sought his intervention in stopping such �unnecessary harassment and insult� to Indian passengers.

Dr Choudhury in his letter, stated that while he was travelling to New Delhi from New York by an Air India flight (No AI 102) on March 15), he was subjected to body search in a most embarrassing and humiliating manner during security check at the airport.

�When I expressed my unhappiness to the security personnel over the humiliating body search, he told me that it was a routine search and that he was only doing his duty,� he said.

Calling for an end to such abusive security checks, Dr Choudhury said that he had visited the US in the past but never did he endure such an ordeal during security check.

Stating that he has decided never to visit the US again, Dr Choudhury said that he has also asked his son currently working in the US to come to India and contribute to his motherland �instead of living in a foreign country to be humiliated.�