Para-Cyclist Asked To Remove Prosthetic Leg During A Security Check At Bengaluru Airport

Insensitive to say the least.

11/10/2016 5:24 PM IST | Updated 11/10/2016 8:52 PM IST
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Aditya Mehta, a para-cyclist who has won two silver medals at the 2013 Asian Paralympics was asked to remove his prosthetic leg and get it scanned at the security check at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.

Mehta who was flying to Hyderabad this morning from Bengaluru was asked to undo and redo his prosthetics by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials who said, 'It is your problem' when the cyclist protested.

Shocked and saddened by the incident, Mehta took to Facebook and shared the humiliation and pain he had to undergo.

"I have already mentioned how painful the procedure is to remove the prosthetics and wear it back. Worth mentioning is the psychological scar that it can leave on a physically challenged person's mind." Mehta added, "I have been suffering from an injury since the past 20 days with my stump (OPERATED LIMB) and the security check officials only had to say "It is your problem!" in this regards."

This incident comes just after days when Paralympic Medalist Deepa Malik was ill-treated by cabin crew of Air Vistara flight.

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Mehta further added, "It took me 40 min for the entire process of removing and wearing back my prosthesis limb which left me bleeding at the end."

It is a grim reminder of the challenges differently-abled persons while travelling in India. This isn't the first time Mehta has faced such an ordeal. In fact, the medalist was asked to strip and remove his prosthetic leg as part of security checks at two Indian airports within a span few days last month.

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Read his Facebook post here:

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