United Kingdom : In utter embarrassment to the Indians staying abroad as well as in the home country, the city of Leicester in UK has put up a sign-board in English as well as in Gujarati, warning people that they will be fined if they spit out red paan juice on the pavements and sidewalks.
Leicester has a growing Indian population and along with it, growing sanitation problems as it seems several Indians have taken to spitting out paan expectorate in public spaces in the UK.
The signboard, put up by the city’s police department in collaboration with Leicester City Council, clearly singled out Gujaratis. “Spitting paan on the street un unhygienic and anti-social. You could be fined £150 (Rs 13,000)” it read, first in Gujarati then I English.
According to Leicestireshire Police, the east part of the city basically Spinney Hills and North Evington faced this problem more as the two areas has a good density of Indian population.
Paan stains are a mainstay and even a distinct feature of most public spaces in India. But with a growing Indian population, it seems homesick NRIs are taking the disgusting habit and its rebellious residue to foreign lands.
This is not the first time Indians have been caught with their public display of indiscretion caused by chewing paan – a mixture of tobacco, betel nut, spices wrapped in betel leaf – has stained public discourse in the UK.