New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday took a serious note of incidents of racial attacks on people from the northeast in various parts of the country, including Delhi, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, directing law enforcement agencies to take appropriate action in all such cases. Also Read - COVID-19: Man Spits at Manipuri Woman in Delhi, Calls Her 'Corona'; FIR Registered
In recent days, several such incidents have taken place. Last night, a 25-year-old woman from Manipur was spat on and called ‘corona’ by a man in northwest Delhi.
In a statement today, the MHA said, “There have been cases where people of Northeast including athletes have been harassed by linking them to COVID-19. This is racially discriminatory.”
” It is requested that all law enforcing agencies in states and union territories may sensitise to take appropriate action in these cases,” the statement further stated.
Notably, people from the northeast have faced routine harassment across the country as they are still seen by many as ‘Chinese’ and with China being the source of the COVID-19 pandemic, several incidents of northeasterners being called ‘corona’ have taken place in recent days.
In the Delhi incident, an FIR has been registered against the accused and a search is on to arrest him.