BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri slams the incidents of racism against people from the North-East amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country. They are being blamed for being carriers of the novel coronavirus, as “they are from China.”
Earlier this week, two Nagaland students were not allowed to enter a grocery store in Mysore as the clerks believed them to be ‘foreigners’. They offered to show their Aadhaar cards but to not avail.
In Delhi, a woman, who is in her early 20s, alleged that she was on her way to buy groceries when a man came on a two-wheeler and spat on her. He called her “corona” before fleeing the spot. The incident took place on Sunday around 10 pm in Vijay Nagar.
“I think people who are doing it, and who understand the difference, are just ignorant. It’s just not right. You shouldn’t do it,” Chhetri said in a video message to TheQuint.
“I think it’s shameful. It’s a disgrace,” he added, “Imagine if the virus had originated from a place where people looked like you, or from your region. Let’s suppose you are working in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam or Sikkim, and people hound you or bully you or trouble you. How will you feel?”
“I’m sorry on behalf of the country for bullying, threatening and harassing,” he said.