Ekta Desai racially abused in NJ PATH Train

Hate crimes against Indian-Americans seem to be on the rise. Barely a week after Srivinas Kuchibhotla was shot in a bar in Olathe, Kansas, another Indian-American has reported a hate crime incident in a crowded New York City train.

An Indian-origin girl was racially abused by a stranger in a New York train while she was on way to work. A video of the incident is now going viral on social media. Ekta Desai, a physiotherapist in New York, posted a video on her Facebook profile that shows a man hurling racial slurs at her and another Asian woman on a train.

“So this is something that happened while I was on my way from work today!! This man was on the same PATH train as me along with 100 other passengers, I had my headphones on and was like any other day. Next thing I know he is yelling on my face (Did not bother to listen/react). Knowing it’s pointless I step away, next target alongside an Asian lady!” Desai wrote.

The video as well as Desai’s Facebook page have since been removed after the video went viral. In the video, an unidentified man hurled racial slurs at both Desai and another Asian woman. Desai, who works as a physiotherapist in New York, shared a video of her traveling on the New York subway on her way to work.

“Asian piece of s*** to I will F*** you all right here to get your F***ing ^$$es back to your country etc etc etc” (putting it in the best words here) he went on relentlessly!” Desai said in the Facebook post.

Following the racially-charged, expletive-filled tirade, Desai threatened to inform police of his actions, to which the man continually yelled at the Indian American to stop shooting the video of him and explaining how he didn’t touch anybody. “I just expressed what I feel. Freedom of speech,” the man was heard saying in the video. Not sure the cops found him or even took any action, though they showed up 15 mins after all this drama and he walked away with his friends!” Desai said in her Feb. 22 post.

The video was posted on Facebook Feb. 22 and within six days it got more than 49,000 views. It is being widely discussed after Indian American engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead in Kansas last week which is being probed as a hate crime.

Ekta Desai,a physiotherapist in New York, shared a video of her traveling on the New York train when she was abused by an African American man. The video which shows the man asking her to go back to her country and yelling at her. Desai says she contacted the metro authorities and the police, but the police were not able to find or take any action against him.

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