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Returnee in Kohima face discrimination

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 11(NPN) | Publish Date: 6/11/2020 10:02:38 AM IST

A returnee from Chennai stated she dreaded going back to her neighbourhood after her family faced discrimination from friends and neighbours.  

Speaking to Nagaland Post, she stated that her family had been receiving insensitive remarks from neighbours and friends. Some of them said that since she had come from a red zone, she should be kept away from the colony even after she has returned home.  
The returnee who is now in one of the quarantine centres in Kohima shared that she was happy to stay at the centre rather than going back to her district and live with the stigma.  
“Some of my friends who have come back from other states and cities and are here in the quarantine centre are from green or orange zone so the parents had asked our colony chairman not to keep me under the same roof with their children after completion of the 14 day institutional quarantine”, she said.
The returnee shared that the parents suggested the colony chairman bring her home in a different vehicle and they had also visited her parents requesting them to keep her away from their children and to keep her from sharing anything with them as it could lead to a spread.
“My first results were negative and I went for a second testing of which the results are awaited, so I think people should be fair and not look at me differently. This is a new experience and I never expected such discrimination from my own people”, the returnee who did not wish to be name stated.  
Speaking to Nagaland Post, the chairman stated that they would follow rules and guidelines as directed by the government and though people request him to keep red zone returnees in a different house, everyone would be under one roof and provided with different rooms and bathrooms.
He stated that people approached him with complaints but he would treat every returnee equally and would keep a strict check on all, especially on maintaining social distance.
The returnee stated that people should support one another in such a crisis instead of the blame and discrimination. “If we support each other through words of solidarity and prayers, we can all overcome this together”, the returnee stated. 

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