Lynching Of Congo National Not Racism: Sushma Swaraj


New Delhi: The lynching of a Congo national in Delhi on May 20 was not a case of racial discrimination, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has said.

Ms Swaraj said that CCTV footage shows Indians were trying to save the Congo national. Masonda Ketada Olivier from Congo was beaten to death in South Delhi by three men on May 20 after an argument over an auto-rickshaw.

The government has ordered sensitization drives and more patrolling after six more Africans were allegedly attacked on Thursday in separate attacks. Five people have been arrested for the attacks.

Two women, one from Uganda and the other from South Africa, and at least two Nigerian men have alleged that they were targeted in the attacks. Ms Swaraj earlier said she had spoken the Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the Delhi Lieutenant Governor for strict action. Rajnath Singh has ordered greater patrolling in areas where there are more African students.

African nations had said in a strong letter last week that India must solve the problem of “racism and Afro-phobia” and several attacks have gone unresolved “without diligent prosecution”.