MUMBAI, February 19: The Nagaland government has taken serious cognisance of the alleged racial discrimination of a 23-year-old woman in a housing society in Chembur in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
A senior official from the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Nagaland government reportedly said CM Neiphiu Rio has taken up the matter at the highest level. He even said necessary steps will be taken to ensure such stereotyping of Nagas or people from the Northeast in general is not encouraged.
The residents of the housing society shot and allegedly circulated a video of the woman, suspecting her to be a Chinese. The woman, a video-blogger, was visiting a friend from Nagaland – a TISS student – in Mumbai. On Tuesday, the TISS student moved to the institute’s hostel for safety reasons, after the authorities offered her accommodation. Her friend left the city soon after the incident. “I am relieved and happy to find a place to stay in the institute. However, I hope things don’t continue this way. No student from the Northeast or any other part of the country should be treated badly or looked at differently,” the TISS student told TOI.
A representative of the institute’s Northeast Students’ Forum said the incident has shaken the confidence of the student. The forum has asked the institute’s administration to raise the issue of racial discrimination with the state government. (TNN)