New Delhi, March 26
Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a man for allagedly spitting at a Manipuri woman and calling her ‘corona’. The incident of racial profiling took place on Sunday around 9:30 PM, at the end of the janata curfew called by the Indian Government.
The 23-year-old was reportedly returning to her house at Vijay Nagar, when a man stopped her and apparently misbehaved with her. When she fired back, he spat at her and yelled “CORONA” at her. Naturally, the spitting incident took social media by storm. Even Delhi CM Kejriwal took stock of the incident and called for the arrest of the perpetrator.
The Assam Congress leader Pradyut Bordoloi took to his Facebook to condemn the spitting incident and wrote, “On the wings of Corona onslaught, there is a sudden outburst of racial attacks in last couple of days on the boys and girls of the Northeast presently residing in Delhi and in some other places. Hope the saner elements of our civil society rise to quell this menace.”
Earlier, the racial slurs stuck to being called “momos, chowmein” or “Nepali”. Now, because of the pandemic and because of the Mongolian features that the Northeast has, they are called “Coronavirus”. The spitting incident is a reflection of the crass racism that still exists against the Northeast Indian people, it has been said on social media, where images of the shamed girl have gone viral.
There have been reports that they are being teased by calling “corona” at sight, treated differently at shops, etc. Videos condemning such racial attacks on Northeast Indians have been shared on social media.
Taking to Twitter, the leader wrote, “Some incidents of racial remarks against North-East people have emerged in some parts of India in the wake of #Coronavirus due to cultural ignorance, prejudice minset & lack of understanding. Matter discussed with NE Division, MHA. Strict advisory is being issued to the States.”