By Arré Bench May. 14, 2020
In another shocking incident, Chong Hoi Misao, a 20-year-old woman from Manipur was brutally attacked by some locals from Faizpur, Gurugram in Haryana just for passing through the locality. A few weeks ago, another Manipuri woman was spat on.
As coronavirus cases spike in the country, more and more instances of racism faced by people from the Northeast have come to the fore. In another shocking incident, Chong Hoi Misao, a 20-year-old woman from Manipur was brutally attacked by some locals from Faizpur, Gurugram in Haryana just for passing through the locality.
Chong Hoi Misao, a 20-year-old girl hailing from Manipur, was brutally attacked by some locals from Gurugram just for passing through the locality. https://t.co/L8Sba8oE64
— The Quint (@TheQuint) May 14, 2020
While returning after meeting a friend, Misao was stopped by an elderly woman who rudely interrupted her from passing through the road, claiming it was private property. She abused her in a racially charged tone, allegedly calling her ‘corona’ and even claiming that the “police are on our side.” After the altercation, family members of the woman also came forward and started hitting her with sticks, which rendered Misao unconscious. There were bruises all over her body. A few local people then rescued her and called the police.
#Manipur's 20 YO Chong Hoi Misao ws called Corona & ws assaulted by the locals in Gurugram.
While we're already reeling under the rising number of #COVID19 cases, yet another case of a person from the Northeast being subject to racist attack has surfaced.
— Anita Chauhan (@anita_chauhan80) May 14, 2020
“Just when she thought there would be justice, the police officials told Misao to compromise,” said Joel, a friend of the victim. Misao then called the North East Support Centre and Helpline (NESCH) and a member reached the place of attack at 8.30 pm.
“Since it was late at night, we then took her to our safe house shelter, north of her place, as she was too scared to go back to her place,” said Nambu Riamei, a member of the NESCH. A FIR has been lodged under various sections of the IPC and SC/ST Atrocities Act. Misao is seeking medical treatment and waiting for her CT scan result.
#Manipur: Chong Hoi Misao, a 20-year-old girl hailing from Manipur, brutally attacked with sticks by locals in Gurugram, racially abused, called ‘corona’ in Faizapur area of Gurugram in Haryana; FIR registered#EastStory#NorthEastIndiahttps://t.co/fhEiVldAJO
— EastMojo (@EastMojo) May 12, 2020
There have been a series of such incidents against Indians from the Northeast over the past couple of months. The horrific case in late March in Delhi’s Vijay Nagar, where a man spat on a Manipuri woman and called her “corona” shocked the nation.
Dumb Trump insists on referring to COVID19 as the "Chinese Virus".
His fans in India do the same.
This is just one of the consequences of that stupidity 👇👇https://t.co/qMjt4qGFyz
— Jumla Buster (@FekuBuster) March 23, 2020
Even when a North-Easterner achieves a level of celebrity, they remain exposed to this brand of bigotry. Actor and singer Meiyang Chang had shared an incident of how the coronavirus pandemic is just another opportunity for racists to have a laugh.