African nationals stage protest against growing attacks in Jantar Mantar

New Delhi: Several African students on Monday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi against increasing attacks on them and demanded that the Indian government act swiftly to stop such incidents.

“We want the government's support as the incidents of attacks on people from African continent are increasing in the city. The Indian government needs to ensure safety of African nationals and act swiftly on such incidents,” said a protestor at Jantar Mantar.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The protests come in the wake of a string of attacks on African nationals, especially students, in the national capital and elsewhere, which has caused outrage among them.

On 20 May, a Congolese national was beaten to death by three men after an altercation over hiring of an auto-rickshaw in Vasant Kunj area turned violent.

On 25 May, a Nigerian student in Hyderabad was allegedly beaten by an Indian over a parking dispute.

On 28 May, four separate cases of alleged assault on African nationals in the national capital was reported, adding to the growing number of such attacks.

The Indian government has assured angry African envoys of protection to their nationals in India, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj personally monitoring the developments.

Updated Date: May 30, 2016 14:00 PM

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