New Delhi, Mar 27 : A couple was beaten up allegedly by their landlord's son and some goons in Munirka on Tuesday for trying to step out of their rented house at 9.30pm. The landlord, who likes to lock the main gate of the house early, was reportedly angry with the couple from Manipur when they asked for the keys. He allegedly called in youths from the neighbourhood to intimidate the victims.
Mercy, who was carrying her 10-day-old baby, alleged that a woman hit her with a broom and some goons pushed her. Her husband, Thangminlian, a jawan posted in J&K, claimed to have been hit with rods, prompting a fight-back.
Thangminlian was taken to hospital by youths from the northeast. He has injuries on the hands and back. Mercy had come to Delhi for her delivery. Her mother, Heneng, has a small garment business in Munirka. Thangminlian had also taken leave for a month to tend his wife. Mercy was with her baby girl and a four-year-old son on Tuesday, when they decided to visit a relative who also lives in Munirka. "When we asked for the keys, the landlord and a stranger asked us why we didn't go out during the day. It's been less than a month since we moved in, but they have always looked down on us," said Mercy who belongs to Churachandpur, Manipur.
Thangminlian, who was discharged on Wednesday, has been recuperating at a relative's house. "Being in the Army, I interact with soldiers from different communities all the time. I think we are not welcome here," said the enfeebled Thangminlian.
Rosemary, at whose house the couple was recuperating, said discrimination and racist comments were common.
When the youths attacked Thangminlian, his son, Siamboi, ran to his grandmother's house. She tried to shield her son-in-law. The couple is planning to leave Delhi soon. When TOI visited the couple's one-room house in Munirka, there were bloodstains on the wall, floor and bed. "We have arrested seven people, including the landlord and his son," said a senior cop of the south district. He added that a case of assault and sections of the SC/ST Act have been slapped on them.