New Delhi: In yet another shocking incident of racial discrimination against people from the northeast amid the coronavirus pandemic, a 25-year-old Manipuri woman was spat on by a biker in Mumbai’s Kalina area on Monday afternoon. Also Read - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Counting on Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford to Boost Manchester United's Season Run on Premier League Return
Following the incident an FIR under Sections 270 and 352 of the IPC was registered against the accused on the girl’s complaint. The police is looking for him with the help of CCTV footage from the locality where the incident took place.
According to reports, the incident took place at 2:30 PM last afternoon. After it came to light through social media, the office of the Mumbai Police Commissioner also directed the local police station that a case be registered under the Epidemic Diseases Act as well.
The National Commission for Women (NCW), too, took cognisance of the incident, tweeting: “Yet another case of racial discrimination amid COVID-19 outbreak, a miscreant spat on a northeastern girl at Kalina Market area in Mumbai. NCW will look into this matter for appropriate action.”
Notably, people from the northeast have time and again complained of racial discrimination in mainland India due to their ‘looks,’ and with China being the source and the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, incidents of attacks on northeasterners have been reported from various parts of the country in recent days.
Last month, a woman, also from Manipur, was misbehaved, spat on and called ‘corona’ by a bike-borne man in northwest Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar. He was later arrested.