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Woman asked to strip: India takes up issue with Frankfurt airport authorities

Monday, Apr 3, 2017,9:36 IST By joji A A A

New Delhi | India has taken up with Frankfurt airport authorities the matter of an Indian woman being asked to strip by the security officials during her travel on March 29.

“@CGIFranfurt has taken up this matter with Frankfurt Airport authorities. The matter has been referred to the Police for investigation,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted tonight.

“We are awaiting report of the police investigation,” she said.

The woman in her Facebook post had alleged that she was asked to strip by security officials at the Frankfurt airport while she was on way to Iceland from Bengaluru.

Shruthi Basappa, who studied engineering at BMS College in Bengaluru, narrated her ordeal on Facebook on March 30.

She said the airport staff had allowed her Icelandic husband to pass through with just a pat-down, while they harassed her.

“I was taken into a room, and was asked to lift my dress/take it off so that I could be checked to make sure I wasn’t’’carrying anything under my clothes’. This whole ordeal happened in front of my 4 year old,” her post read.

Security staff shouted at Shruthi, who holds an Indian passport and an Icelandic residence permit, when she had sought a regular pat-down on the grounds that she had recently undergone abdominal surgery.

The supervisor at the airport stepped in and repeated the order before taking a look at Shruthi’s husband and changing her mind, the post says.

“I’d like to think I stood my ground, but I know in my heart that it was a peek at my ‘appropriately light husband’ that was the proof needed. To say I am angry and upset is putting it lightly,” she said, replying to a comment on her post.

A member of the Airport Frankfurt Team responded to her post, asking her to email the airport. “I regret that the security check has been unpleasant for you,” the reply read.

Shruthi emailed the airport authorities, but was upset they were taking too long to respond.