By Arré Bench Mar. 20, 2020
Singer Kanika Kapoor of “Baby Doll” fame not only hid her travel history but also went ahead and decided to party with politicians Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh. She has now tested positive for Covid-19, making her the most famous reckless Indian right now.
Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor let everyone know today that she has been tested positive for coronavirus in Lucknow, through a message on Instagram. “For the past 4 days I have had signs of flu, I got myself tested and it came positive for Covid-19,” she posted today. Only if the “Baby Doll” singer would have been as vocal about her travel history, we wouldn’t have had a collective meltdown.
Kapoor returned from the United Kingdom on Sunday and is alleged to have hidden her travel history from the authorities. Instead of self-isolating (that shit is for introverts), the singer went ahead and attended a grand party at a five-star hotel in Lucknow that had at least a 100 other guests including politicians and socialites.
Courtesy our Bollywood singer, we now have BJP’s National Vice President Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh, who met her at the party, in quarantine.
While in Lucknow, I attended a dinner with my son Dushyant & his in-laws. Kanika, who has unfortunately tested positive for #Covid19 was also a guest.
As a matter of abundant caution, my son & I have immediately self-quarantined and we’re taking all necessary precautions.
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) March 20, 2020
It gets only worse from here. Singh met President Ram Nath Kovind, according to a tweet by journalist Barkha Dutt. So basically, Kapoor could be the reason we would have to put the Parliament under lockdown.
President of India met with Dushyant Singh who met with #KanikaKapoor who tested positive for #Corona. In parliament others could have been potentially exposed too Kapoor is a raging idiot & a criminal but why was parliament open when all else was shut. Parliament lock down pls
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) March 20, 2020
Needless to say, everyone on and off social media is appalled. #KanikaKapoor is the top trend on Twitter with 90k tweets surpassing #CoronaOutbreak and #JanataCurfewChallenge.
There’s a barrage of tweets but Dutt seems to be especially livid and rightly so.
“Clearly education is no antidote to ignorance,” she wrote. And she had more to say…
As someone said, our grandparents were asked to go to war. We, those of us with economic privilege, are only being asked to sit on our couch, and if we still don't do it, duck tests, attend parties, host them, that part of 'we' should be bloody well jailed. #KanikaKapoor #Corona
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) March 20, 2020
Journalist Shiv Aroor said that Kanika Kapoor’s actions reflect the attitude of India’s apathetic rich.
The worst is that the idiot rich could give the virus to those dependent on them at their parties –waiters, cleaners, cooks, nannies. And while the idiot rich take nice isolation rooms, if any of their domestic helps fall sick, it's into the hands of fate. #Coronavirus
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) March 20, 2020
Something that was echoed by another Twitter user.
The govt has been urging every one to stay at home but you ppl can't do without parties. VVIP arrogance & indifference will cost nothing to VIPs bcz like ur access to best parties, you will also have access to best treatment but many less privileged may become collateral damage.
— Wanderer (@w_a_n_d_e_rer) March 20, 2020
Of course, the fact that Kapoor escaped airport officials is also a big, big concern.
The immigration authorities & the health ministry need to explain how Kanika Kapoor was allowed to by-pass mandatory corona screening? Was she given special handling/protocol when she arrived from London?
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) March 20, 2020
And it raises an important yet another question. Should those who collude authorities and don’t self-isolate be penalised?
Time to find & penalise these others culpable too. https://t.co/eelFClXFvG
— Poulomi Saha (@PoulomiMSaha) March 20, 2020
Multiple PSAs have been doing the rounds for the past days in the light of the recent coronavirus outbreak in the country. People are repeatedly being urged to not leave the confinements of their homes, unless important, and to practise social distancing. Something that even Kartik Aaryan understands. Of course, he had to explain it to us with a trademark monologue. (It’s intolerable, but it’s probably the best thing he’s ever done in his career).