A shocking incident of yet another racially motivated hate crime in US has surfaced online where a young Indian-origin girl is abused and threatened in a busy commuter train. The incident took place on February 23, where the young Indian girl was racially abused by an African-American man who said “get out of here” besides a barrage of offensive words.
This has been reported barely a week after 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchitbhotla was shot dead in a hate crime in Kansas pub, the incident which has been widely condemned in US.
Ekta Desai, who lives in New York, took a video of the incident that occurred on February 23, which was shared by a website ‘The Voice Raiser’. The video has since gone viral and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.
In the video, the African-American man is seen abusing the girl, saying words like “Freedom of speech” and “Black Power.” Using expletives, he tells her to “get out of here.”
As the girl is recording the video, the man gets visibly angry and is seen shouting at her. Some of the commuters also tried to intervene and warn the man against physically harming the girl.
“This man was on the same PATH train as me along with 100 other passengers, I had my headphones on and it was like any other day. Next thing I know he is yelling on my face (Did not bother to listen/react),” Desai wrote on social media.
Desai said she did not react to the man but he continued shouting and questioned as to why she was taking his photo and pictures. Desai said she reported the matter to police authorities, who allegedly said the man appears to be “emotionally unstable” and she should be careful.
Desai then contacted Kundan Srivastava, a Human Rights activist and founder of The Voice Raiser, who said the US government should “punish” the man for “harassing and abusing women and also insulting our nation.”
“We would also like to say that being a girl does not make anyone less capable or helpless. As you can see in the video, people are just standing as a mere spectator. He yelled disgusting things and used unacceptable words. A person should abide by the civic rules and does not slut shame a woman. Keep Fighting!,” Srivastava’s organisation said.
(With inputs from the Agencies)