Racism in Bangalore again: Former cop's daughter attacked by 'burkha-clad' women

The image of India's I-T capital Bangalore as 'one of the most cosmopolitan cities' has taken yet another hit.

Just two months after a 26-year-old engineering student was beaten up by a group of men who reportedly abused and then attacked him for not speaking Kannada, another alleged racial attack has been reported from the city.

According to a report in Bangalore Mirror, former city police commissioner HT Sangliana's daughter, Rachel, was allegedly assaulted and racially abused by two women at a supermarket in the city.

Image from Rachel's Twitter account

Image from Rachel's Twitter account

The 34-year-old was shopping in a supermarket when she objected to a couple trying to cut her off in the queue. The burkha-clad woman then started abusing Rachel in Urdu and then yelled at her saying she should "go back to China."

The woman then started hitting her while the people in the supermarket just stood and stared, reported the newspaper.

Rachel reportedly called the police, but before they could arrive, another woman along with the first woman came and attacked Rachel. "They grabbed my hair and pulled out clumps of it, injuring my scalp," she told Mirror.

The police said that they have reviewed the CCTV footage of the incident and are investigating the case. They said that the images of the women who attacked the victim were unclear since both were wearing burkhas.

Rachel posted about the incident on Facebook:

Bangalore has been steadily gaining a shameful reputation with respect to citizens from the north-east. In 2012, there was a mass exodus of North-eastern students from the city, after an SMS threatening them began to be widely circulated.

The incident prompted a debate in both houses of parliament, and both the ruling UPA and then opposition BJP vowed to ensure that no incident of the sort would be allowed to take place again. But the incidents only seem to be increasing in frequency.

In February this year, two Manipuri women were assaulted by men who hurled racist abuses at them in South Delhi's Kotla Mubarak area. According to the police, the women, identified as Tharmila Jajo and Chonmila, were beaten up by a group of men, who were in their late 20s.


Updated Date: Dec 09, 2014 12:40 PM

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