After the incident at Delhi Golf Club on June 25, 2017, Union Minister of State Shri Kiren Rijiju has announced an investigation into the deplorable treatment meted out to Tailin Lyngdoh. Union Minister Shri Venkaiah Naidu has also announced that he will issue an advisory to the Delhi Golf Club about the incident.
At the State level, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has demanded a suo moto enquiry and has stated that ‘all legal options available according to Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 and more will be taken advantage of so that such behaviour is not repeated.’ In addition to that, The Meghalaya State Commission for Women has also taken up the issue on priority.
Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has also extended his support to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to conduct an enquiry into the incident.
Nivedita Barthakur Sondhi, entrepreneur from Northeast India and Honorary Advisor, Health, Government of Assam stated, ‘With investigations ongoing and/or intended by governments at both the centre and the state levels, and by quasi-judicial bodies, which will perforce evince cooperation from us and the Delhi Golf Club, we believe that a non-official enquiry at this stage would serve no constructive purpose. We have the highest regard for Justice Mudgal and the other eminent people whose names have been quoted in the media as being on the committee that will probe the extremely unfortunate incident involving Tailin Lyngdoh; however, as we are sure they will appreciate,we think that any such enquiry by a non-official committee would be counter-productive and disrespectful to the due process that has been or will be initiated by governmental and quasi-judicial bodies under law. Further, we would also respectfully highlight to the eminent people concerned that such constitution of a non-official committee at the behest of the Delhi Golf Club may not manifest itself in the public eye to be an independent and impartial process.’
She further added, ‘We have already sent a statement giving our account of the said events at the Delhi Golf Club to Union Minister Shri Rijiju and others. We will continue to co-operate with all governmental and quasi-judicial agencies in aiding the conduct and completion of a due and fair enquiry into this deplorable incident. Meanwhile, we encourage the Delhi Golf Club to review its policies and practices regarding domestic workers and racial stereotyping.’