Recently, a video of a man from Bihar working at a food stall in Bengaluru went viral on social media. The man can be seen breaking down while talking about language-based harassment and threats he allegedly received from locals. He claimed that customers at his food stall had a problem with Hindi-speaking people and constantly belittled and abused him.
What happened in the viral video?
In the video, the man, who is from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, can be heard saying that customers at his food stall had a problem with Hindi-speaking people. He said that he were constantly belittled and abused by these customers. He uploaded the video on his Facebook profile, which quickly gained a lot of attention on social media.
In response to the incident, Bengaluru police commissioner Pratap Reddy has said that an inquiry has been initiated, and that the man has left Bengaluru for Bihar. Reddy also said that the incident was not a case of harassment, but rather an argument between the man and another group who only spoke Kannada.
It is unfortunate that incidents like these continue to occur, where individuals are targeted for not being able to communicate in the local language. We must remember that every individual has the right to feel safe and accepted, regardless of their language or background.
As a society, we must work towards creating an environment of inclusivity and understanding, where everyone is respected and valued. It is the responsibility of all citizens to stand up against discrimination and harassment and to support each other in times of need. Authorities must also take strict action against such incidents to ensure that justice is served and to stop future incidents. Let us all work together towards building a society that celebrates diversity and promotes acceptance of different cultures and languages.