Africa slams India for xenophobic attack

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Kenyan Maria Burendi beaten blue and black by Indian mob who mistook her for a Nigerian

African missions in India on Monday condemned “racial, xenophobic” attacks on their students near New Delhi.

They called for an international inquiry, while slamming India’s inaction on the issue.

In a statement, the heads of African missions slammed the Indian government for failing to adequately condemn the violent incident.

“No known, sufficient and visible deterring measures were taken” by the Indian government.

“These reprehensible events, both outstanding and unresolved cases against Africans, were not sufficiently condemned by the Indian authorities,” the group said.

It has agreed to “call for an independent investigation by the Human Rights Council as well as other human rights bodies”.

The mob attack on the Nigerian students took place on March 27 and it coincided with a protest that was organised by online groups who blamed the unexplained death of a teenage student on the African community.

The protesters had alleged that the student, identified as Manish Khari, was supplied drugs by Africans who live in the area.

India has described the attack on Nigerian students as “deplorable” and said it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all foreigners in this country.

“People from Africa, including students and youth, remain our valued partners,” the External Affairs Ministry has said.

The police had said that some seven people have been arrested in connection with the mob attack so far, adding that efforts are on to arrest the other suspects.

Attacks on Africans in and around Delhi is not uncommon.

In 2016, several Nigerians were beaten up in Delhi’s Chhatarpur area. (Xinhua/NAN)

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  1. John Noble Reply

    Indiia needs to think long and hard about racism in its society.

    A big thanks to the African community for holding the mirror up to India and highlighting the racism

    in Indians. As a person who is only too well aware of the racism that pervades the society in India, it used to make me sick seeing Indian media jump on every incident of attack on an Indian abroad as a rasict crime, even though it may just an incident of crime like any.

    “Enquiries” are of little meaning in a country where the corruption is so pervasive that the moral fabric of the society has been destroyed to the extent that administrative and judicial institutions have little sanctity left. One has to experience it to believe it. Instead of an effort at genuine introspection of the nature seen in other nations, it’s own skeletons are locked up tight in the cupboard.