Brinda Karat tells Swiss envoy attack on tourists 'extremely shameful' for Indians

CPM politburo member Brinda Karat wrote to Swiss Ambassador Andreas Baum, saying the 'shocking and horrifying' attack on two Swiss nationals in Agra was 'extremely shameful' for Indians.

PTI October 26, 2017 19:28:52 IST
Brinda Karat tells Swiss envoy attack on tourists 'extremely shameful' for Indians

New Delhi: CPM politburo member Brinda Karat wrote to Swiss Ambassador Andreas Baum, saying the "shocking and horrifying" attack on two Swiss nationals in Agra was "extremely shameful" for Indians.

Brinda Karat tells Swiss envoy attack on tourists extremely shameful for Indians

File image of CPM leader Brinda Karat. AFP

In a letter, Karat conveyed her regret over the incident involving Quentin Jeremy Clerc (24) and his girlfriend Marie Droz (24) who had come to India on 30 September.

They were allegedly attacked by a group of men near the railway station in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur Sikri. According to reports, the Swiss nationals were left bloodied and bruised even as bystanders kept taking photographs and making videos of their plight.

"I would request you to kindly convey to the young couple that we are ashamed and sad that such an incident should happen and that we strongly protest against the failure of the authorities concerned to provide minimum security to visitors", she said in her letter.

Karat who is also the patron of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has also said, "It is extremely shameful for Indians that two young tourists who had gone to visit the beautiful symbol of love should have to face this horror".

She requested the Swiss ambassador to convey "strong solidarity and assure them that there are many movements and organisations which would be happy to offer them support".

Karat said in her letter that a delegation of the AIDWA had visited the hospital today but were unable to convey their message of support to the couple. The politburo member wished for the speedy recovery of the Swiss nationals.

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