MUMBAI: Police have arrested 23-year-old Mohammad Amir Elias for spitting on a woman from Manipur. The incident took place at Kalina Military Camp located in Santacruz East on April 6 post which the girl lodged a complaint with the police. The man allegedly removed his mask and spat at the girl who was there to collect food items distributed amid lockdown. After CCTV footage was analysed, the man who is a resident of Kurla (West) was arrested. He said that it was an accident and he did not do it deliberately. He has been booked under various sections of IPC.
Just recently, Gaurav Vohra, a 40-year-old man, has been arrested by Delhi police for attacking a woman from Manipur and calling her “corona” a few days ago.
Vohra, who works at a pressure cooker manufacturing unit, even spat at her.
The woman had filed a complaint with the police after which investigations began.
Police caught him after analyzing CCTV footage from the area. A white scooty was also seized from his possession.
Netizens have condemned the incident. Some even shared details of the incident on Twitter.
Amid coronavirus outbreak, North Easterners have reported increasing cases of racism against them.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had condemned this kind of behaviour and had sent out on this.
In February, in an open letter, Northeast students at TISS have said that they are being subjected to discrimination due to distinctions in socio-cultural traits and physical features amid coronavirus outbreak that has killed hundreds of people in China and infected thousands.
“In the midst of the ongoing global health crisis due to an outbreak of Coronavirus, purportedly originating in the Wuhan province of China, we have seen a disturbing trend of discrimination and racial profiling across the world towards people of China origin and other Asian nations bearing mongoloid features. It is a grim reminder of inherent racial prejudices and stereotyping of particular peoples based on their physical features and perceived cultural inferiority,” the letter reads.
This also includes name-calling such as “Corona” and “Coronavirus” etc. at various public places, states the letter.