A 40-year-old woman in India attacked a 19-year-old girl for calling her “auntie” earlier this month.
The incident, caught in a now-viral video, took place at a local market in Etah, state of Uttar Pradesh on Nov. 2, according to India.com.
According to police, the teen was trying to make her way through the shopping crowd when she came across the middle-aged woman and told her, “Excuse me, auntie.”
Apparently, this sent the latter into an outburst, scolding the girl and slapping her face when questioned about her response.
In the video, three women can be seen ganging up on the girl, while a female police officer steps in to break the scuffle.
Shortly after, both parties were brought to the police station, where they reportedly settled the matter among themselves.
“The teenager had called the woman ‘aunt’, after which she burst into an outrage and beat up the girl. The girl also raised hands,” station house officer Kanchan Katiyar said, according to Times of India.
“Both the girl and the woman belonged to well-to-do families. No formal complaint was received.”
— Hindustan (@Live_Hindustan) November 3, 2020
Twitter users commented on the matter:
“Since when did ‘auntie’ actually become a swear word?”
“The word ‘auntie’ was once respectful. Now its use has become very dangerous.”
“That poor girl was beaten up badly by three women, despite the fact that it’s clearly not her fault. What’s happening in this world?”
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