A coronavirus scare stirred up chaos in Mumbai city after a woman from Nagaland was mistaken to be a Chinese and suspected to have been infected with the deadly virus. A video of the same was also circulated on the internet.
According to media reports, the woman donned in a black mask had arrived in Mumbai from her hometown on February 10th, 2020 to visit her friend at Chembur area. When a resident of the society appeared and started recording a video featuring her and engaging her in a conversation.
Later, the woman’s friend, a student of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), who is also from Nagaland received the video from her Kerala-based owner questioning her about her guest.
She went on to confront the man when she learnt that her neighbour had assumed her guest to be a Chinese infected with Coronavirus which led to a heated argument.
The girl further alleged that she faced “racial discrimination” and was even asked to leave the building. The woman eventually had to leave the building to stay with another acquaintance.
The TISS student said that she is likely to file a complaint against the neighbour with the North East Students’ Forum over charges of racial profiling.
It may be mentioned that the death toll due to the deadly Coronavirus outbreak in China’s Wuhan has surge passed 1,600 infecting more than 69,000 people globally, mostly in mainland China.
While India has already issued a travel advisory to the country most of the flyers in the country are in fact reacting “unusually” to travelling with their fellow passengers having Mongoloid features.
Recently a flyer on an Indigo flight refused to sit next to a passenger from Arunachal Pradesh after he sneezed once. The flyer quickly requested the cabin crew that his seat be changed. His request was met and he was given another seat rows ahead of the Arunachali flyer.
The situation seems to complicate more as this is the season of common flu, cough and cold. Some airlines have suggested that the demands could spike up in the coming days and they have decided that “unreasonable requests” will not be tolerated.
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