A village in Uttar Pradesh (UP) is bearing the brunt for having its name rhyme with the novel coronavirus. People from Korauna, located in the Sitapur district of UP, are facing discrimination from outsiders ever since the outbreak of the infectious disease.
“No one is willing to come out; people are terrified in our village. When we tell people we are from Korauna, they avoid us. They don't understand that it's a village, not someone infected with the virus," Rajan, one of the residents of the village, told ANI.
He further added that other people are so scared that they do not even want to answer phone calls.
Another resident, Sunil, shared a similar concern with the news agency, “If we are out on roads and the police enquire where we are headed to and we tell them that we are going to Korauna, they look unsettled. What can we possibly do if our village has such a name?”, he asked.
Ramji Dixit, another local, said, “ When we call people and tell them that we are calling from Korauna, they immediately cut our calls thinking someone is playing a joke on them.”
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