Several African students on Monday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar in New 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 protester at Jantar Mantar.
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 May 20, 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 May 25, a Nigerian student in Hyderabad was allegedly beaten by an Indian over a parking dispute.
On May 28, 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.