A man on a scooter came close to the sisters hailing from Manipur, removed his mask and spat on them in Mumbai’s Kalina area on Monday Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: With COVID-19 cases increasing with each passing day across the country, racial slurs and discrimination towards people from Northeast India, especially those living in metro cities, have also seen a spike in the past few days.

In yet another incident of racial attack, a Mumbai-based girl from Manipur on Monday was allegedly spat on by a man while she and her sister were trying to cross the road at Kalina Atulji main signal in Santa Cruz (East) area of Mumbai.

As per the victim’s narration to EastMojo over phone, the incident happened on Monday afternoon when she and her sister were on the way to collect essential commodities being distributed by the Naga Students’ Union Mumbai (NSUM).

It was then that a man on a scooter came close to where they were standing, removed his mask and spat on them. Although the victim’s sister luckily escaped, she did not.

The spit stains on the victim’s shirt

Unfortunately, there were no policemen in the area at the time of the incident and the man escaped from the spot, the girl with a disheartened tone said.

“I have been living here for the past six years but I never ever faced any such incidents of racial discrimination before, even at my workplace,” said the 25-year-old girl hailing from Manipur’s Ukhrul district.

Meanwhile, an FIR has been filed at the Vakola police station under Section 270 and 352 of the IPC in this regard and investigation is underway.

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