Africans are ‘Peddlers, Cannibals, Ha**mi’: India’s Racism Exposed
It’s about loud music. It’s about public drinking. It’s about clothing. It’s about anything but racism.
(This story was first published on 14 June 2016. It is being reposted from the The Quint’s archives after the reports of a mob attack on 6 African nationals in Dwarka, New Delhi.)
They dress skimpily, play loud music, drink in public and create ruckus. They sell drugs and are a bad influence. If they stay in India any longer, even the Indian youth will get spoilt. This is a common sentiment held by most locals in neighbourhoods with African population.
On 9 October, shocking visuals of a Nigerian national being tied to a pole, and being beaten by locals for an alleged theft in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar emerged. Last year, on May 20, a 23-year-old Congolese was stoned to death in Vasant Kunj over an auto ride. In Hyderabad, a Nigerian was hit with an iron rod after a spat over parking. And seven Africans were attacked in Chhatarpur’s Rajpur Khurd village.
The government and the police deny a racist angle and term the attacks “minor scuffles” and “isolated incidents”. But, we found deep bigotry and racism.
Watch The Quint’s report to find out.
(Camera: Sanjoy Deb, Video Editor: Kunal Mehra
With inputs from Parul Agrawal)
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