Sudhaa Chandran receives apology from CISF after facing issues for artificial limb at airport
Narrating the ordeal she goes through at the airports during security checks, actor and well-known Bharatanatyam dancer Sudhaa Chandran have made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide a special card to people with artificial limbs. The 56-year-old actress posted a video on her Instagram page on Thursday evening and said she is “totally hurt” to go through the “grill” at the airports every time she is flying.
“Totally hurt…Each time going through this grill is very very hurting…Hope my message reaches the state and the central govt authorities…And expecting a prompt action…” she wrote.
“This is a very personal note that I want to tell our dear Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji. This is an appeal to the central government and the state government. ….I am Sudhaa Chandran, an actress, and dancer by profession, who has danced with an artificial limb and created history and made my country very proud of me,” the actor said in a video statement, shot at Mumbai airport after the ordeal.
Sudhaa Chandran said she has requested the airport authorities on a number of occasions to conduct an “ETD (Explosive Trace Detector) for her artificial limb” but they always ask her to remove it. “Every time I go on my professional visits, each time, I am stopped at the airport, and when I request them at the security, to the CISF officials, that please do an ETD (Explosive Trace Detector) test for my artificial limb, they still want me to remove my artificial limb and show it to them. Is it humanly possible, Modi Ji?
“Is this what our country is talking about? Is this the respect that a woman gives another woman in our society? It is my humble request to you Modi Ji that please give us a card just like senior citizens have,” she said in the video.
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On Friday, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) replied to a news story about Chandran’s grievances and apologized to the actor for the “inconvenience”. “We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused to Ms. Sudhaa Chandran. As per protocol, prosthetics are to be removed for security checks only under exceptional circumstances,” read the tweet from CISF.
“We will examine why the lady personnel concerned requested Ms. Sudhaa Chandran to remove the prosthetics. We assure Ms. Sudhaa Chandran that all our personnel will be sensitized again on the protocols so that no inconvenience is caused to travelling passengers,” it added.
We will examine why the lady personnel concerned requested Ms. Sudhaa Chandran to remove the prosthetics. We assure Ms.Sudhaa Chandran that all our personnel will be sensitised again on the protocols so that no inconvenience is caused to travelling passengers. 2/2
— CISF (@CISFHQrs) October 22, 2021
The noted dancer lost her right leg at the age of 16 in 1981. She got injured in an accident and was later admitted to a hospital, where doctors had to amputate her leg after discovering gangrene formation. Sudhaa Chandran subsequently regained some mobility with the help of a prosthetic Jaipur foot. Since then, she has been performing as a professional dancer as well as acting in films and television shows.
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