A group of African embassies have requested India to postpone a cultural event after a student from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Masunda Kitada Oliver, was beaten to death by a group of men after an argument.
The envoys, including the Dean of the African Group of Heads of Mission, Alem Tsehage Woldermariam, said they did not want to participate in Africa Day celebrations because of repeated attacks on African students in India, and because the African community there, including students, are in a state of mourning in memory of slain African students in the last few years, including Mr Oliver.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted her promise to ensure the safety of African students in India, saying she had asked her colleague General VK Singh to meet the heads of missions of African countries in Delhi and assure them of India’s commitment to the safety and security of African nationals in India.
Mr Woldermariam said given the pervading climate of fear and insecurity in Delhi, the African Heads of Missions have little option than to recommend their governments do not send new students to India, unless and until their safety can be guaranteed.
In February a Tanzanian student was assaulted and partially stripped by a mob in Bangalore.