Yet another attack on Africans

Police register three separate cases of assault, wrongful restraint.

Updated - November 17, 2021 04:52 am IST

Published - May 29, 2016 12:53 am IST - NEW DELHI:

African nationals after the attacks at Rajpur Khurd village in Delhi on Saturday. —Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

African nationals after the attacks at Rajpur Khurd village in Delhi on Saturday. —Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

At least seven Africans, including four women, were allegedly attacked and racially abused by a mob in Rajpur Khurd village in South Delhi’s Mehrauli on Thursday night.

The victims include a Nigerian couple and their young son, a Cameroonian brother-sister duo returning from a hospital, a Ugandan hairstylist standing outside her shop and another Nigerian young man coming from a hospital. All the purported victims and fellow Africans living in the village have claimed that the attack was planned. However, the police described the attacks as “scuffle” between two sides.

Of those injured, 29-year-old Leuchy was the first one to be attacked around 10.30 p.m. and sustained a deep cut on his nose and the treatment required some stitches. Three more set of attacks were carried out by a group, variably described as consisting of 10 to 15 people armed with cricket bats, iron rods and sharp-edged weapons.

“It was as if the mob was waiting for any African who passed through the lane between 10.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. We asked help from locals but no one came forward to save us,” said Shamira, a Ugandan woman who was returning from a church. Another woman who did not reveal her identity but said she was half Indian was also attacked along with Shamira. All the victims The Hindu spoke to said that in each case racial slurs were used.

“They called us Habshis [a derogatory word used for Africans in Delhi] and said ‘Black Africans go back’ as they landed their blows and kicks on us,” said Vicky who along with her brother Pierres were attacked outside their house.

‘Not racial’

The police, however, denied the attacks being coordinated or racial. “Local residents had a minor scuffle with Africans as they had been playing loud music at late night hours by the Africans. The other reason was drinking in public places which the locals had objected to,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.