DEHLI: WOMEN SHOULD BE CAREFUL

Delhi police on Thursday said that they had held three suspects for a horrible crime last week, in which a 30-year-old call center worker from India’s northeastern state of Mizoram was abducted and sexually assaulted by a group of men.

But Madhu Chandra, spokesman of the Northeast Support Center, said students and working women from India’s northeastern states still feel uneasy.

Folks from India’s more westernized but economically undeveloped northeast region, on the border with China, often move to the capital to study or work. But it can be a rude shock, with many complaining that north Indians often mistake the region’s residents for Southeast Asians and treat them like foreigners. Women in particular face a high level of sexual harassment.

Ms. Chandra said a study conducted by the New Delhi-based support group she works for found that more than 86% of the roughly 100,000 folks from that part of India living in the capital have faced some kind of racial discrimination over the past two years. Edited excerpts of a conversation with Ms. Chandra:

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