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A never-say-die dancer's encounter with a cop at Mumbai airport...

NEW DELHI, Oct 24: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has apologised to dancer Sudha Chandran, who was asked to remove her prosthetic limb at the airport for security check last Thursday.

The 56-year-old Bharatnatyam dancer stated on social media that it was very “disheartening and humiliating” for her when she was asked by a lady personnel of the Central force at the Mumbai airport on Thursday to remove her prosthetic limb and show her even as Sudha Chandran suggested they could do the test for explosives.

“But every time I go on my professional visits, each time I am stopped at the airport and when I request security, to CISF officers 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. 'Aap humko nahi samjhaye ETD karna hai ya nahi, humko pata hai, jara uper uthaeye, humko dekhne dijiye' (You don't teach us what is ETD and what it has to be done, we know it, you just lift it up and let us check), they say", she said.

She urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi through social media to introduce a more civilised system of checking the physically challenged at airports like a special i-card as every time one faces the "grilling" by the security.

“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. 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,” tweeted the CISF, which is in charge of security at airports.

After losing a leg in an accident in 1980s, she learned to walk again with the help of a 'Jaipur leg'. Amazingly, she returned to dancing and resumed performing on stage again. She did a film, Mayuri based on her own life, for which she was awarded the National Film Award. She has acted in several films. She is known for her performances in TV shows like Kaahin Kissii Roz and all seasons of Naagin.

She told an interviewer last World Dance Day, "I pushed myself and worked really hard and started dancing again in spite of the doctors saying it won’t be possible. Every time I would give up, I would think of my parents and would stand on my feet all over again. I really don’t think this would have been possible if it weren’t for my parents.”

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