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 domestic circumstances.

"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 said.

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.

PTI