‘I am not a virus’ – North East Indians call out racist attacks because of Coronavirus

  • In Delhi’s Vijay Nagar area, a man allegedly spat on a woman from Manipur and shouted “Chinese Coronavirus Coming”.
  • The man has now been booked under Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code.
  • In another incident, a law student in Mumbai was called a virus while she was grocery shopping.
As the Coronavirus scare spreads across the country, North East Indians have become a target of racist attacks.

In Delhi’s Vijay Nagar area, a man allegedly spat on a woman from Manipur and shouted “Chinese Coronavirus Coming”. The man has now been booked under Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code.

Licypriya Kangujam, the eight-year old climate change activist from Manipur, too shared the details of the incident on Twitter.

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But that isn’t the only incident. Shiyu Lian Wang, a law student in Mumbai, told Business Insider that she was grocery shopping where some people shouted, “Go Corona, Chinese, virus.” Wang spoke about the incident on her Instagram page with the caption “I am not a Virus”.


As these reports of such racist attacks come in, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday (March 18) said that a strict advisory is being issued to all states to take action on racist remarks against people belonging to the North East.

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Rijiju further said that these remarks come in due to “cultural ignorance, prejudice mindset ad lack of understanding”.


Globally, US President Donald Trump has been under fire for his racist remark and having called Coronavirus, “ the Chinese virus”.

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