Each day, we come across new incidents of power play, fed off from caste and class. It’s almost like we think we get a wild card to do things that are out of bonds, just because we belong to a specific ‘strata’. We treat people like they’re nothing, imagining that there ‘cannot’ be any retaliation as soon as we’ve the self-assigned power. And honestly, this behavior is inhumane.
Case in point, a man in Gurugram repeatedly hit a security guard who was working his shift, because the man got stuck in a lift. The man, named Varun Nath, threatened to kill Ashok Kumar, who’s the guard. Soon after, he went on to hit the lift operator, while also threatening him.
I helped him get out of the lift within 3-4 minutes. As soon as he got out, he started beating me up
-Ashok Kumar to AN
This is a scene from a society in Gurugram, A man gets stuck in the lift, Guards come running in to rescue and get slapped amd beaten by the man they just helped.— Roshan Rai 🇮🇳 (@RoshanKrRaii) August 29, 2022
Share this video and make this man famous. This country’s elite class is rotting rapidly. pic.twitter.com/QYDUT0RdZP
After this extremely terrible incident, the guards held a protest at the gate of the housing society, rightly so. And soon, a police team reached the spot and Ashok Kumar lodged a complaint against the resident of the society (Varun Nath).
Understandably, Twitter was outraged with how things went, after the CCTV footage of the incident surfaced online.
When flat owners suffer from this notion that they have colonised the poor. Bashing up a lift man- who actually rescued him. The criminal levels of privilege. After Noida, now in Gurugram. pic.twitter.com/ADPJi7EOQj— Sanket Upadhyay (@sanket) August 29, 2022
Unfortunately not surprising at all..— rshrikhande (@rshrikhande11) August 30, 2022
Security guard is much older then him and smaller. This guy is a bully. I don’t see any reason for him to hit people.— Varun (@Varun87151389) August 29, 2022
Use your power to help people, not exploit them
Feeling very sad for Security Guards & Delivery Partners. They always show respect to everyone, but in return… https://t.co/1EJ3WC8Cfn— MuzZ (@Muzammil_35) August 29, 2022
Come @ me as much as you like but We,as a people, disgust me. There’s another incident of a man slapping and abusing a se security guard outside a lift in Gurugram. Do we even understand the concept of dignity of labour?— Prerna (@prerna_b) August 29, 2022
Sadly, our treatment towards people depend on their caste or race and whatnot, which brings up such incidents on a regular basis. So much so, that they’re normalized, which shouldn’t be the case.