Humiliation continues to grip Indian athletes. A paralympic cyclist champion Aditya Mehta has been humiliated twice within four days at two different airports of the country.
He was asked to remove his clothes and his prosthetic legs for security check when he arrived at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to take a flight home on Tuesday. Just four days ago, the para-cyclist who is an above-the-knee amputee, was allowed to board a flight only after he had put his belongings, including his prosthesis, through a scanner at Bengaluru airport.
Taking it to Facebook about his ordeal, Mehta said in a post addressed to civil aviation minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju, “This is ridiculous! Another bad day! But this time I didn’t give them a chance to put me down. Despite all the campaigning since four days, I was again asked to remove my prosthetic leg during security check at the Delhi Airport. A rude Sub-Inspector didn’t have the courtesy to talk politely. He was adamant that he is not going to let me go until I take off my prosthetic limb for security check. Is this the kind of treatment given to physically-challenged persons?”
In an interview given to Times Of India, he said, “ Airports are supposed to have full body scanners so that we are not forced to remove our prosthesis, but when I asked officials at the airports they told me that they did not have the budget to buy such equipment. I have now filed a complaint with the CISF, and have asked them to behave properly with passengers and not put people, especially disabled people, through such turmoil.”
Officials of the airport have though maintained that the screening process was in accordance with the guidelines of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security of India (BCAS).
The Logical Indian urges the government to bring in some new ways, probably body scanners to check amputees in airports. Opening one’s prosthetic leg is tiring for an amputee. It is also time-consuming which can call upon harassment for people like Aditya who has brought medals for the country.