Tanzanian woman assault: MEA team to visit Bengaluru today

New Delhi: Just hours after Tanzania's ambassador to India John WH Kijazi, defined the attack on woman student  in Bengaluru as 'racist,' External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj  decided to step into the issue to save the relations between the two nations.

On Thursday, Swaraj chaired a high level meeting to address the issue of safety of African students in the country.

The meeting was attended by top officials of her ministry.

In the meeting, the ministry decided to despatch a team of senior officials to Bengaluru to review the situation.

According to reports,the high commissioner and a member of the Indian Council of Cutural Relations will accompany the foreign ministry team to Bengaluru.

MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup, addressing a briefing in Delhi, said ““We will take all steps to ensure the safety of African students in India.”

He termed the incident as “shameful and very regrettable”.

“We condemn this incident unequivocally. We will extend full cooperation to investigation of this case and stringent punishment will be given to the perpetrators. We have assured our African friends that necessary legal action will be taken. We will take all steps to ensure the safety and security of African students in India," Swarup said.

The Tanzanian woman, a second-year BBA student of Acharya College, was allegedly attacked by an angry mob after a car belonging to a Sudanese student mowed down a 35-year-old female pedestrian in the city's Hesaraghatta area on Sunday night.

The incident came to light on Tuesday when the victim approached the All African Students Union, and the complaint reached the Tanzanian High Commission.

News24 Bureau