Victims of racism, Indian students in Italy say
Three Indian students have told a news channel in Italy that they were victims of racial attacks. The statement comes in the wake of India saying that it has taken up with Italian authorities several attacks on Indian students in Milan.
Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj said that she is personally monitoring the matter. Meanwhile the students told a channel at Milan that they were victims of racial attacks.
One student said that he was punched in the face by Italian men and also asked to go home on October 17. Another student said that on October 29, he was hit on the head with a broken bottle.
The Indian consulate in a statement posted on Twitter said it had taken up the "unfortunate incident of attacks on the Indian students" with the "highest level of law and order authorities" in the city. Indian students are urged not to panic," the statement said.
The consulate asked students to report all such attacks as it would help officials to take up the issue with authorities in Milan "so that all efforts can be made to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future".
The statement advised Indian students "to be in touch with each other (particularly when they go out) as well as with the consulate and spread the information among other students about the areas where they face such incidents so that such areas can be avoided".