Staff Reporter

Blogs are full with students expressing concern over lack of security for Indians in the U.S.

HYDERABAD: Even before Arpana Jinaga, the Hyderabadi techie murdered recently in USA, was laid to rest, a dust storm had been kicked up online. From blogs to social networking sites, Indian students and others were a concerned lot. The Internet is serving as not just as a vent-out but also ensuring that Arpana, Soumya, Vikram, Kiran, Srinivas and the others are not forgotten so easily.

With Arpana’s death being the fifth such case in the year, parents and students alike are worried and afraid. Online polls reflect this fear.

A.P. students targeted?

One website questions ‘Is there a plot to harm students from Andhra Pradesh?’ while others questioned the Indian Embassy’s efficiency in protecting Indian students abroad. “If an Indian student is killed abroad, there is no response from media and the government. If a foreigner is murdered in India, the government and media react in a fraction of second,” writes one Praful in his blog.

While many blogs carried news reports of her death, along with reports of earlier killings, others discussed the growing lack of security for Indians in the country. “All the students who have been killed so far were the brightest and most hardworking. The media here doesn’t update us on any of the investigations. Even before Kiran’s killers were found, another bright Indian’s life has been snubbed out,” says one Vijay in one of the online discussions.

Poems

While a video which was played at Arpana’s memorial meeting in Washington is being passed around, two of her poems have received maximum visibility. While many feel that this too would be another forgotten case, many like Ravi hope that the new President-elect of America Barack Obama does his bit to provide security to Indian students.

“Hope the slogan ‘change’ given by Obama during his election campaign will be in force including this kind of cruel incidents,” he writes.

Fond memories

But for family and friends of Arpana, she will be forever remembered as the girl who always did things differently, as someone who loved bikes, books and bytes. As a perfectionist with the zeal to live life to the fullest and embrace cultures, as a good human being who liked dressing up in traditional clothes and celebrate all festivals with enthusiasm.