Brinda Karat questions deportation of Nepalese FTII student
New Delhi: Questioning the deportation of
a Nepalese student of the Film and Television Institute of
India (FTII), CPI(M) MP Brinda Karat on Saturday sought Home
Minister P Chidambaram's intervention in the matter so that
she could complete her course.
In a letter to Chidambaram, Karat said although Neetu
Singh, 32, was deported due to "national security" reasons but
it is apprehended that her deportation was a result of her
"How a case of domestic 'dispute' becomes a case
concerning 'national security' is a question that requires
investigation and I request you to kindly look into the
matter," Karat said adding that her husband is a "well
connected politician in Nepal".
The Home Ministry has already sought a report from the
Maharashtra government over the deportation of Neetu on
December 5 for alleged "anti-India activities".
Karat said Neetu, a fourth year student undergoing
editing course at FTII, should not be prevented from returning
to Pune to complete her final project.
"I request you to kindly intervene in the matter so
that the young woman's future should not become hostage to
patriarchal notions which seek to punish a woman for asserting
her own choices in issues concerning her personal life," Karat
The Rajya Sabha MP said although Neetu's father had
sided with her husband but now the parents want her to
complete the course.
"I received a letter from her father today in which he
admits that he was misled by his son-in-law and that he would
like Neetu to finish her studies," she said.
Karat also gave a summary of the case prepared by the
All India Democratic Women's Association in Maharashtra who
have been helping Neetu.