Amid growing Covid-19 panic, Delhi man held for calling woman ‘coronavirus’

The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a man for allegedly calling a woman “coronavirus” after spitting paan on her face in the Mukherjee Nagar area.

The accused, identified as Gaurav Vohra, is a resident of Model Town in Delhi.

The woman on Sunday had lodged a report alleging that a man slowed down his scooter, spat paan on her face and called her “coronavirus” in Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar, a senior police officer said.

A case under IPC Section 506 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) was registered at the Mukherjee Nagar police station, following the complaint of the woman.

During the investigation, police analysed the CCTV footage of Vijay Nagar area and searched for a white scooter. After identifying the scooter, the accused was nabbed on Wednesday, police said.

Similar incidents have been reported from West Bengal’s Kolkata where Chinese people have complained of racial discrimination and slurs, amid the growing panic over the Covid-19 pandemic, which began in China.

Francis Yee Lepcha (41), whose grandfather had migrated from China decades ago, said he had been encountering glares and cold stares since the outbreak of the disease.

A musician by profession, Lepcha took to Facebook to post a picture wearing a tee-shirt which said he was from Kolkata and had never been to China.

“During my recent trip to Puri, I could hear people taunting me and addressing me as ‘corona’. It was then I decided I should do something about it. I posted my picture on social media wearing a white T-shirt which said that I was from the city and have not been to China. The picture went viral on the internet and many have since expressed regret over the incident,” he said.

A city-based businesswoman said one of her acquaintances had a similar experience recently at a grocery shop in Tangra area, Kolkata.

“Her father is of Chinese origin and mother a Nepalese. A grocery shop owner called her ‘corona’ when she visited his shop to buy essentials. The girl immediately protested, following which the grocer apologised,” she said.

(With PTI inputs)

Source – India Today