GUWAHATI: People from Northeasters states faced one of the most harrowing times during the Covid19 pandemic in the country due to racial discrimination, revealed a study commissioned by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) on racial discrimination and hate crimes against people from the northeast states.
The study said amid the coronavirus outbreak last year, people from the region “faced an increased number of acts of hate and prejudices against them due to their appearance”.
It added that a series of attacks were reported in various parts of the country where people from the region were “harassed, abused, and traumatised” and were called ‘coronavirus’.
The study was carried out by the Centre for Criminology and Victimology at the National Law University (NLU), Delhi and was conducted in six metro cities of Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
It was found that northeasterners faced discrimination when it came to renting accommodation, visiting a restaurant and even transportation.
The study found that the most common reasons behind hate crime incidents against the northeastern people as per our data analysis were public attitude and insensitivity (44.5%).
In some 34% of incidents, police even refused to file FIRs. Fear of hate crime was experienced to be particularly high in Chennai (74%), the report said.
Around 1200 persons, mostly women from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura were interviewed during the study. The report is yet to be released officially.