: With the Delhi High Court emphasising on finding the root causes of racist attacks on people from the Northeast living here, the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has adopted a “multi-pronged strategy”. This includes sensitisation programmes, documentary films and street plays.

The DLSA has called several meetings with the secretaries of all 11 districts of Delhi. It has also met Northeast students.

Interestingly, the DLSA studied racial crimes against Indians in Australia and realised that Indians there were targeted because they did not befriend the denizens. “Students from the Northeast living here also live in clusters. They do not befriend locals, due to which people here treat them differently. They don’t get to know them or their culture, and hence the gap,” an official said.

The DLSA is also training Northeast students to become paralegal volunteers to make them feel empowered and help those in distress.

“We have identified three areas — Chirag Dilli, Munirka and Indira Vihar — that have a high density of Northeast people. We have associated with the residents’ welfare associations there to address issues like exploitation of the Northeast students by landlords.”