Sunday, October 2, 2022

80-year-old Naga woman with hip implant ‘strip-searched’ at Guwahati airport

An 80-year-old wheelchair-bound woman from Nagaland was on Thursday allegedly strip-searched during the security check at the airport here, while the authorities said she was asked to go through a mandatory screening as a metal plate was attached to her hip bone.
The victims ’s daughter Dolly Kikon, a noted anthropologist based in Australia, said that her mother who had undergone hip replacement surgery last year was on her way to Delhi, accompanied by her granddaughter.
After metal detectors triggered an alarm, a security woman of the CISF at Lokopriyo Gopinath International Airport allegedly asked the elderly woman to take off her clothes, including her undergarments, even after the lady repeatedly said that she had a hip implant.
Dolly claimed that her niece had filled up a complaint form but the CISF personnel took it away, claiming that it was not allowed.
As Dolly’s string of tweets on the incident sparked outrage, Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia responded to her, promising to look into the incident, Hindustan Times report stated.
CISF suspends official
CISF later tweeted that the security and dignity of passengers had to go hand in hand. The force, which is entrusted with the security of major airports, also announced that the official concerned has been suspended.
“CISF has already started enquiry in connection with the unfortunate incident. The concerned personnel has been suspended. DIG CISF has spoken with the passenger,” CISF’s official handle said in a tweet.