India should take up Shankar issue more strongly: Cong leader

Senior Congress leader Anil Shastri today asked the Central government to take up "more strongly" with Washington the incident of `pat-down` search of Ambassador Meera Shankar at a US airport.

Updated: Dec 11, 2010, 00:47 AM IST

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Anil
Shastri today asked the Central government to take up "more
strongly" with Washington the incident of `pat-down` search of
Ambassador Meera Shankar at a US airport.

In a twitter message, Shastri also described the
incident as a "shame" and "humiliation."

"It is a shame that wearing a sari is a disadvantage at
US airports. Humiliation to our Ambassador should be taken up
more strongly by GOI," Shastri said in his tweet.

Shankar was pulled from an airport security line on
December 4 and patted down by an American security agent in
Mississippi despite being told of her diplomatic status.

The incident took place at the Jackson-Evers
International Airport where sari-clad Shankar was about to
board a flight to Baltimore after attending the Mississippi
State University`s programme.

Shankar presented her diplomatic papers to officers and
was escorted by a Mississippi Development Authority
representative and an airport security officer, but witnesses
said she was subjected to the hands-on search.

In the past, many prominent Indians, including ministers,
have faced some uncomfortable moments at US airports.

-PTI