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Eyes were burning from the paan, says Manipuri girl called ‘corona’ by Delhi man who spat on her

The 25-year-old woman was returning home in North Campus area after buying groceries when a man spat on her.

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New Delhi: Delhi Police has registered an FIR against a man for allegedly spitting paan on a woman from Manipur and calling her “corona” in the North Campus area of the capital city.

The incident took place around 9.30 pm Sunday night when the 25-year-old woman had stepped out of her house, along with a friend, to buy groceries in Vijay Nagar area of north Delhi.

She alleged that a man riding a scooter spat on her and called her “corona”.

“Since no shops were open in our locality, we went to the Double Storey road to buy some veggies, which is about 300 metres from the PG where I stay. It wasn’t a very crowded road. I noticed a middle-aged man, riding a scooty, come from the opposite direction at us. When he slowed down and got closer to us, I sensed he was about to do or say something,” she told ThePrint.

The man allegedly spat all over her face, hair and T-shirt.

“The woman was on her way home in Vijay Nagar area of North Delhi when a man on a scooty made some racial slurs. He then spat on her and called her “corona”. We have registered a case under section 509 (insulting modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code and have begun an investigation into it,” said a senior police officer, who did not wish to be identified.

Police are scanning CCTV footage to identify the man and establish the sequence of events.

‘We are often discriminated’

The woman is pursuing her M.Phil from the Delhi University. Her friend, who did not wish to be identified, is a student of the Department of East Asian Studies of Delhi University.

“The scariest part was that the paan juice entered my eyes, including bits of tobacco. I was in shock and my eyes were burning,” she recalled.

Following the incident, she went to the Mukherjee Nagar Police Station along with a few volunteers of the Manipuri Student Association in Delhi.

The woman said she wanted to file an FIR under IPC section 270, which refers to malignant acts that are “likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life”.

But she was allegedly told by police officers that since no physical touch or assault had taken place, an FIR can only be filed under IPC section 509.

“While the incident did hurt my modesty as a woman, it was more of a racially-motivated crime. Being called a ‘coronavirus’ or watching people cover their mouth as we walk by have become a norm now,” she said.

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  1. Wait we will reciprocate this on hindi speaking indians, bihari, punjabi people. We will chop them and feed it to fishes in brahmaputra

  2. This kind of people should be punished this is the reason why our civilization never grow he should be ashamed of himself and more over I guess he is married…….. A guy should learn how to respect girls I feel so sorry for the girl …. (Forgive him for he don’t know anything)
    Our Jesus Christ always teaches us to forgive let God deal with him ……….stay safe take care.

    Just look at these Inmates..?
    These idiots have no basic manners who spate on a lady, Why always such bloody behavior originates from these campuses Is this what they have joined the campus for.
    No wonder sensible children are avoiding regular college and are opting out Distant learning and are doing much better comparing to these spoilt brats..
    Its high time some serious measures are taken against these nonsocial elements and save the image of these Campuses.

  4. Despicable Act! This society needs a through cleansing .Put then behind the bars, teach these barbarians a lesson !

  5. He should be behind bars and should serve a sentence for inciting racism, and outraging the modesty of a girl,be united and all these morons should be punished
    To teach a lesson,be united

  6. These types of peoples need to get some Real EDUCATION. These types of things really spread a negative impact on society. I hope that girl is safe now!

  7. Bloody moron, he and likes of him should be beaten publicly and each bone should be broken. I’m really ashamed when such horrible things happen. It’s so ironical we call ourselves educated, liberal and secular. People should him actually be publicly stoned.

  8. Idiot guy. Send him behind bars for years. These idiots provide opportunity to anti-nationals to portray such incidences as collective growth in intolerance or whatever nonsense they call it. This guy should be very harshly punished for such stupid act

  9. Please pass my apologies, on behalf of those disgraceful people, to the girl. I sincerely hope those idiots are caught and lashed in public- they deserve it. For people from North East states- I am from Delhi and I think you are the real gems of India. Well behaved, soft spoken and very friendly. I feel human when I interact with you- unlike some of these unruly Delhites who are worse than Corona virus themselves.

  10. Society can’t get worse than this! They are citizens of India. They have equal rights like you who I’m ashamed to say is from our country. I feel like south Indians are mature and sensitive than North Indians. I don’t see anyone walk around thinking fellow Indians as chinese.

    • Indeed South is more disciplined than few barbarians from the north who shame all indians with their abominable acts…

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