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Indian-origin girl racially abused on train in New York

March 03, 2017 10:32 am | Updated 01:31 pm IST - New York

A screenshot from a video posted by Ekta Desai when she was abused by a man in a New York train on February 23. The video was shared by website ‘The Voice Raiser’.

A screenshot from a video posted by Ekta Desai when she was abused by a man in a New York train on February 23. The video was shared by website ‘The Voice Raiser’.

An Indian-origin girl has been racially abused on a train by an African-American man in the United States. He reportedly called her inappropriate names and yelled “get out of here” when she was travelling in a commuter train.

Ekta Desai, who lives in New York, took a video of the incident that occurred on February 23.

The video was then shared by a website ‘The Voice Raiser’, and has since then gone viral and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.

In the video, the man is seen abusing the girl, saying words like “Freedom of speech” and “Black Power.” Using expletives, he tells her to “get out of here.”

As the girl is recording the video, the man gets visibly angry and is seen shouting at her.

“This man was on the same PATH train as me along with 100 other passengers, I had my headphones on and it was like any other day. Next thing I know he is yelling on my face [Did not bother to listen/react],” Ms. Desai wrote on social media.

Ms. Desai said she did not react to the man but he continued shouting and questioned as to why she was taking his photo and pictures.

Several people have reacted sympathetically towards the girl after the video was posted online.

Ms. Desai said she reported the matter to the police authorities, who allegedly said the man appears to be “emotionally unstable” and she should be careful.

Ms. Desai then contacted Kundan Srivastava, Human Rights activist and founder of The Voice Raiser, who said the U.S. government should “punish” the man for “harassing and abusing women and also insulting our nation.”

“We would also like to say that being a girl does not make anyone less capable or helpless. As you can see in the video, people are just standing as a mere spectator. He yelled disgusting things and used unacceptable words. A person should abide by the civic rules and does not slut shame a woman. Keep Fighting!,” the organisation said.

 

The incident comes close on the heels of the killing in Kansas of 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla by 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton. The latter opened fire at Kuchibhotla and his friend Alok Madasani at a bar before yelling “get out of my country.”

The shooting sent shock waves across the Indian-American community here, with people expressing concern at their safety in an enviornment of xenophobic and racist rhetoric in the country.

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