You’ve Seen That Video of the Woman Arguing With a Guard. That’s What We Call a Privileged #Coronavillain

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You’ve Seen That Video of the Woman Arguing With a Guard. That’s What We Call a Privileged #Coronavillain

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

The fight against the global coronavirus pandemic is one in which we are all together, but that sense of solidarity doesn’t seem to have affected the privileged Indian. The situations that the COVID-19 outbreak has thrown up has brought the selfishness of certain sections of Indian society into sharp relief. Indians who think that the rules can be bent just for them are endangering their fellow citizens with disease in these times, and are truly living up to the tag of #Coronavillains

This Twitter thread puts a face to the mentality that is distressingly widespread. In the video, a woman shouts, bullies, and hectors her way into a housing society with a house-help who didn’t have clearance to enter, all because she didn’t feel like sweeping the floors or doing the dishes. On the way, she proceeds to make a spectacle of herself by threatening the building guard who was only doing his job by stopping the house-help’s entry, as instructed by the local resident welfare association. In the end, when the woman realises he can’t have his way, she just honks – inconveniencing not just the guard but all of her neighbours. Clearly, the greater good and safety of her fellow building residents was not on this woman’s list of priorities.

COVID-19 has brought the selfishness of certain sections of Indian society into sharp relief.

Middle-class Indians enjoy a host of privileges that the less fortunate do not. The ability to pay somebody to carry out every menial task and chore has desensitised them to the actual labour involved, and now that this coronavirus is threatening to burst their comfortable bubble, they are denying reality in their quest to ensure their life of luxury remains unaffected. The repulsive behaviour displayed by the woman in the video above is not an isolated case. All across India, there are stories of people who are violating curfew protocols and attempting to carry on business as usual, as if the coronavirus will only affect the poor and not them.

Even worse than the viral video above is a scene from a street where a woman riding a scooter literally attempts to run over a policeman exhorting her to remain indoors.


Indians need to realise that the only way to beat the coronavirus is if we all pull together (figuratively, of course) and do our bit to flatten the curve and slow down its spread. Until then, individuals like these two public menaces will continue to endanger us all.

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