25-year-old Kenyan woman attacked near Indian capital


Two days after several Nigerian students were attacked by a mob in the northern Indian city of Greater Noida near Delhi, a young Kenyan woman was Wednesday beaten up in the same city.

Police said 25-year-old Maria Burendi was attacked by goons while she was returning to her rented accommodation in Greater Noida from Delhi in a cab in the morning.

“Her cab was reportedly stopped by the goons and the victim was slapped,” city police chief Sujata Singh told the media.

“We have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits. We are trying to retrieve footage of closed-circuit TV cameras installed in the area to identify the goons.”

The attack on the Kenyan woman came a day after India described Monday’s mob attack on Nigerian students as “deplorable” and said that it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all foreigners in this country.

Condemning the attack, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a statement, “People from Africa, including students and youth, remain our valued partners.”

The ministry’s response came hours after Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured a thorough probe into the mob attack on the Nigerian students even as police claimed to have arrested seven people in connection with the incident.

Swaraj said she spoke to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath about the incident in Greater Noida and sought a report from the state government.

“He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident,” the minister tweeted.

The attack on the Nigerian students took place Monday evening and it coincided with a protest that was organized by online groups who blamed the unexplained death of a teenage student on the African community.

The protesters alleged that the student, identified as Manish Khari, was supplied drugs by Africans who live in the area. However, doctors have not yet confirmed if the death was due to overdose of drugs.

Attacks on Africans in and around Delhi is not uncommon. Last year, several Nigerians were beaten up in Delhi’s Chhatarpur area. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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