TEXAS — A woman in Texas has been arrested for her racist attack on a group of Indian American women. The Texas origin American woman identified by Police as Esmeralda Upton is seen harassing the group of women in a parking lot in Plano, Texas in a video that went viral.
When one of the Indian women asked why she approached them, she responds with a racist tirade. “Because I hate you fucking Indians, that’s why!” Upton says.
Her hate-filled rant continues from there, including comments that “you Indians are fucking everywhere” and “if life was so great in India, why the fuck are y’all here?”Upton eventually becomes physically violent, hitting and shoving the women, and even threatening to kill the person filming. “Turn that goddamn phone off, or I swear to god I’ll fucking shoot your ass,” she can be heard saying.
She was arrested on Thursday by the Plano Police Department on charges of bodily assault and making terroristic threats. However, she was reportedly released on $10,000 bail.
The Indian American women spoke about the experience an interview with CBS-DFW, They said they had just been saying goodbye to each other in the parking lot when Upton approached them.
“Our entire sense of safety was shattered in this incident,” one of them said.
One of the women, Rani Banerji, posted a video of the incident on Facebook, in which Upton can be heard calling them “curry-ass bitches” and mocking their weight as they phoned the police for help. Banerji said it was a “frightening experience.”
“I have lived in [the Dallas–Fort Worth area] for 29 years and never have I felt so humiliated, threatened, and scared for my life,” she wrote. “Can’t believe this is what America has become.”
Another one of the women, Bidisha Rudra, said in a Facebook post that they had “feared for [their] lives because she was extremely agitated and seemed totally out of control.”
Photo aken from Facebook of Rani Baneerji.