Attack on African nationals 'xenophobic', no measures were taken by Indian govt, say African envoys

The African envoys held a review meeting to discuss the alleged racial attack on five African nationals in the Greater Noida area of Delhi

Days after African nationals were attacked by a mob in the national capital, the African envoy has released a statement stating that the attack was “xenophobic” and “racial”. The African envoy also asserted that the Indian government did not take any strong measures against the attacks that have taken place in the past adding that the top authorities did not even come out to speak against the racist attack.

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

The committee had recently held a meeting to review the attack on the Africans in the Greater Noida area of Delhi. One of the victims even came forward to explain how they are treated in India suggesting that most Indians assume that the African nationals are drug peddlers and are only capable of creating a chaos. He further asserted that some people even pulled their babies away from them.

Association of African Students in India is also reportedly removing India as an option to study and have been warning fellow Nigerians to come to India to study.

After the death of a class XII student seemingly due to a drug overdose, several Africans were attacked by mobs in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida area early this week, who assumed that the drugs were given to the boy by five Nigerians.

A video that surfaced on social media, showed a mob beating up an African national brutally with dustbins and mops while none of the people came forward to help. It was only after police reached the spot that the crowd was dispersed. Five were arrested in connection with the case.