On February 23, Desai posted a video of the incident on her FB profile and said that she was confronted by an abusive racist man on the train she was travelling in. There were 100 other passengers on the train.
The video shows an Afro-American man literally shouting on her and another Asian woman on a busy commuter train. The video has since gone viral. The man is also seen abusing Desai and yelling at her and to “get out of the country”. When she warned him of going to the police, he softened and was heard saying, “I didn’t touch anybody. I only expressed what I felt—Freedom of speech.”
Desai did not react to the man, though he continued shouting and questioned her as to why she was taking his pictures. Several people have reacted after the video was posted online.
She then contacted a human rights activist, Kundan Srivastava, and founder of NGO The Voice Raiser, who said the US should punish the man for “harassing and abusing women”.
“Being a girl doesn’t make anyone less capable. As you can see in the video, people are just standing as spectators, while he shouted expletives against Desai. Everyone should abide by civic rules and not indulge in shaming a woman by using such language,” said Srivastava.
This incident comes soon after the shooting by a US Navy veteran on Srinivas Kuchibhotla and his colleague in a Kansas bar. The former succumbed to his wounds.