Lucknow: A week after the attack on African students in Greater Noida, a group of African envoys on Monday condemned the incident and termed it ‘xenophobic and racial’ saying, no known and visible deterring measures were taken by India.
“No known, sufficient and visible deterring measures were taken by the Government of India,” the heads of African missions said in a statement.
The remarks were made by the Heads of African Mission accredited to India when they convened a special meeting to look into the recent attacks against African students and review the previous incidents that have taken place in the past.
“In regards to the recent unfortunate incident in Greater Noida, the African Heads of Mission strongly, condemn the incident and express deep concern and also take note that these reprehensible events, both outstanding and unresolved cases against Africans, were not sufficiently condemned by the Indian Authorities,” it added.
“The Heads of African Mission also agreed to take further actions including the call for an independent investigation by the Human Rights Council as well as other human rights bodies, and also to comprehensively report the matter to the African Union Commission,” the release said.
Last week, India refused to categorise the attacks of African nationals in Greater Noida as racial and said pending the probe it is not correct to draw a conclusion on “the nature and the reason” of these acts.
On the alleged attack on a Kenyan woman, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Kenyan diplomats had a meeting with officials of the ministry concerned and it has been conveyed to the Indian side that the reported incident “does not correspond with reality”.
India is home to many African nationals including from Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria and Congo, and some of these attacks took place in Delhi and Bengaluru, sparking outrage among the African community in India.
The string of attacks in the national capital had prompted the Delhi High Court in June last year to observe: “Now Delhi is becoming racist”.
The attacks on Africans had taken a diplomatic downturn following the attack on May 20 last on Congolese national Masunda Kitada Oliver who died in a brutal attack in south Delhi.