The High Commission of Tanzania has sent a Note Verbale about reported attacks on African students in Bangalore.
The Note Verbale requests the Government of India to follow up on this matter and take necessary legal action against those involved in such attacks and to ensure safety and security of all African students in India.
Joint Secretary E&SA expressed regret at the unfortunate incident and assured the High Commissioner of Tanzania that the Ministry is in regular touch with the authorities in Bangalore in this regard and the State authorities have assured that they are seized of the matter and have taken action to prevent any recurrence of such untoward incidents.
“We are deeply pained over the shameful incident with a Tanzanian girl in Bengaluru.
I spoke to the Chief Minister Karnataka. He informed me that a criminal case has been registered and four accused have been arrested.
I have asked the Chief Minister to ensure safety and security of all foreign students and stringent punishment for the guilty.”
–Sushma Swaraj tweeted in a series of tweets (@SushmaSwaraj).
A 21-year-old Tanzanian girl who is a second year BBA student of Acharya College had absolutely nothing to do with the car that ran over and killed a 35-year-old Hesaraghatta resident on Sunday night. Yet, while the local police stood by and watched, she was repeatedly beaten and then stripped of all her clothes and made to parade around naked.
Travelling in another car, a Wagon-R, along with four others, the young woman who arrived on the scene some 30 minutes later, was however still dragged out of the car after it was surrounded and stopped by the mob.
The case reeks of the complete miscarriage of justice. Here’s a point by point break down:
1. When the local police standing near the mob didn’t intervene, a concerned bystander tried to cover the girl with his T-shirt. He too was beaten up by the mob.
2. The girl tried to flee by entering a BMTC bus at the junction. The passengers in the bus threw her back on the road. People got down from buses, autos etc to join the mob.
3. When the girl finally got away from the mob, she headed straight to a police station where she was harassed again. The police demanded that she bring the Sudanese man to the station, in order for them to register her complaint.
4. The mob had set the car ablaze which meant that the African students lost their passports, ATM cards, cash etc. So the students couldn’t even pay for medical bills and were sent out of the hospital, despite being injured.
The legal advisor to the African students union in Bengaluru Bosco Kaweesi puts it, “When the girl did not even know about the accident or the spot where it happened, how can she bring in the driver of the car?”
The victim has been assaulted in the worst possible manner, he added.
Cover Image & Information Source: Deccan Chronicle.