Africans in India living ‘in fear’ after killing: Envoys

The murder of an African student in India has sparked allegations of racism, with African envoys saying their nationals in the country are living in fear.  india

NEW DELHI: African nationals in the Indian capital live in a “pervading climate of fear and insecurity”, a group of African ambassadors has said, after the brutal murder of a Congolese teacher sparked allegations of racism.

The Group of African Heads of Mission said they may recommend their governments not to send students to India until safety conditions improve, following a string of what they say are unpunished racial attacks.

In the latest case, Masunda Kitada Oliver, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was allegedly bludgeoned to death in New Delhi on Friday night by three Indian men after an argument over an auto-rickshaw.

“Given the pervading climate of fear and insecurity in Delhi, the African Heads of Mission are left with little option than to consider recommending to their governments not to send new students to India, unless and until their safety can be guaranteed,” Alem Tsehage Woldemariam, Eritrean ambassador and dean of the group said in a statement Tuesday (May 24).