Not a racist incident, say CM, Parameshwara

Not a racist incident, say CM, Parameshwara
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister G Parameshwara on Thursday said the attack on the Tanzanian woman student on Sunday was not a racist one.

After a review meeting with officials, Parameshwara told reporters that the incident was in response to an accident that had happened earlier, in which a Sudanese driving a car in drunken state had killed a woman and injured her husband.

Parameshwara stoutly denied that the Tanzanian woman was paraded naked. “No such thing happened,” he insisted.

He said, “The victim was not made to remove her clothes or paraded as reported in a section of the media. This has been made very clear by the victim herself in her complaint to the police.”

Parameshwara said he has submitted a report to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi explaining the “truth”.

The Home minister also revealed the name of the victim saying it was not against the law.

Siddaramaiah, while replying to questions by the media at a different event, rejected suggestions that the incident was a racial attack. However, he said it has been taken “seriously”.

He said no student gave a complaint or spoke about the incidents involving the Tanzanian woman for two days.

The Home minister said that nearly 10,000 to 12,000 foreign students were enrolled in different colleges in Bengaluru. It is the responsibility of the government to provide the required security. The police have been instructed to discharge their duties, he added.

He said the police have been instructed to pay special attention to areas where foreign students are staying in large numbers. The police would also explain the law of the land to students, he added. He said many foreign students were found overstaying and details about such students had been provided to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Bangladeshis who have illegally entered Bengaluru are also being watched, he added.

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