Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor
New Delhi: In the wake of frequent attacks on the people from northeastern states, the Supreme Court on Friday issued guidelines to the Central government and the state governments.
The guidelines were issued to provide protection to the Northeast people in various parts of the country.
Earlier, a plea was submitted in the apex court, urging it to direct governments to protect youths from the Northeast living in other states of the country.
The recent attacks on the northeastern people have highlighted the frequency with which the youths from these states are being targeted.
Incidents like the death of a Arunachal Pradesh student, Nido Taniam, who died in Delhi after being allegedly beaten, and attack on the two Manipuri youths show the persistent racial discrimination.
The PIL sought that the Supreme Court ensure that the culprits of such racial discrimination are punished and to lay down guidelines to protect citizens against it.
The petition also said the crime of racial discrimination is a "menace to the society" and violates the human rights of every person irrespective of his caste, creed, religion, domicile and the right to live with human dignity.