Man arrested for calling a Manipuri woman “corona”

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A 40-year-old man has been arrested in Delhi for racist comments on a Manipuri woman in Delhi over coronavirus scare last week. The man had spitted on the woman and called her “corona”, reported PTI.

The accused was identified as Gaurav Vohra, a resident of Model Town locality.

The woman had filed a complaint on Sunday alleging that the man slowed down his scooter, spat paan on her face and called her “corona” on a street in Mukherjee Nagar. The police examined the CCTV footage of the area and searched for a white scooter. After the scooter was identified, the police arrested the accused.

“She has stated in her complaint that she was passing through a dark stretch when a man passed lewd comments on her,” a senior police officer said according to The Indian Express. “When she objected, he spat on her and managed to escape after shouting ‘corona’.”

Vohra works at a cooker manufacturing factory in Anand Parbat area, the police said. The police seized the vehicle from his possession.

On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had condemned the incident, and asked the Delhi Police to find the offender and take strict action. “Am shocked to read this,” Kejriwal had tweeted. “Delhi Police must find the culprit and take strict action. We need to be united as a nation, especially in our fight against Covid-19.”

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