New York, Mar 2: Since the travel ban against immigrants, especially from Muslim countries, imposed by US President Donald Trump, number of hate crimes has gone up. An Indian-origin girl, in her Facebook post, shared an incident happened to her in train in New York when she became the target of abusive and racist comments. In the video shared by the victim, a man is seen hurling racist slurs at her. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India-China Hold 9th Round of Talks of Military Talks | What to Expect
According to Ekta Desai, an Indian-origin girl, she was travelling in a train when a man started abusing her and passed racist comments. “So this is something that happened while I was on my way from work today!! This man was on the same PATH train as me along with 100 other passengers, I had my headphones on and was like any other day. Next thing I know he is yelling on my face (Did not bother to listen/react). Knowing it’s pointless I step away, next target alongside an Asian lady!” Desai wrote in her Facebook post, which went viral on social media. Also Read - Can an Individual Get Two Different Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine?
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Ekta Desai further said the cops arrived after 15 minutes, but didn’t take any action against the man. When the cops confronted the man, he said that he was just expressing his views as the country gives him freedom of speech. “Not sure the cops found him or even took any action, though they showed up 15 mins after all this drama and he walked away with his friends!” said Desai. The man is heard saying in the video, “I did not touch any body. I just expressed what I feel. Freedom of speech.”
The video has been posted on February 22. On the same day an Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and his colleague Alok Madasani was injured when US Navy veteran Adam W. Purinton fired at them at the Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe. Purinton reportedly got into an argument with the two and hurled racial slurs. He yelled “get out of my country” before shooting them.