NEW DELHI: A wheelchair-bound US citizen, Virali Modi was allegedly harassed by a CISF woman constable who insisted her to stand for mandatory security check procedure.
“I am disabled from the last 13 years. I am even unable to walk and stand. I was travelling from IGI Airport today (Monday), Terminal 3 on a SpiceJet Flight (SG8723) to Mumbai," wrote the disability rights activist Virali in her complaint to complaint to CISF.
As per reports, the activist had surrendered her personal wheelchair to the check-in counter as cargo and also assigned a porter to help her to sit. After reaching the security check-in point a woman CISF constable forced her to stand up although the porter intervened.
“YOU HAVE TO STAND UP FOR SECURITY CHECKING! STOP DOING DRAMA!,” - The CISF at Delhi airport said this to me. @jayantsinha @CISFHQrs @DelhiAirport @debolin_sen @BookLuster @guptasonali PLEASE RT - THIS TREATMENT TOWARDS THE DISABLED IS RIDICULOUS pic.twitter.com/WGYFULblUm— Virali Modi (@Virali01) September 9, 2019
"I even offered to show her my passport which proves that I travel internationally despite being a wheelchair user. She suddenly went to call her senior chief and started saying that I was acting and doing drama," Virali added.
She also alleged that one of the CISF personnel forcefully lifted her from her wheelchair at Mumbai Airport.
She further said that she could not get the name of the CISF staff as her name tag was not clearly visible.
“Finally a senior staff member came to me, did a manual check and let me go back,” she said.
The CISF staff claimed that she was doing drama and could easily stand if she wanted to.
“Is this how the CISF officials are trained to handle people with disabilities? If it is so then it’s a shame for our government. I should be treated with great respect and sensitivity. This behaviour is really absurd and I request you to please look into this matter and take the necessary action so this doesn’t happen to anyone with a disability anymore," Virali wrote in her complaint.