Africans living in northern India are locking themselves indoors in terror after a spate of mob attacks have left several hospitalized.
It was gathered that a 24-year-old Kenyan woman was dragged out of a taxi on Wednesday and bashed by a racist mob in India, who mistook her for a Nigerian.
The Kenyan victim, Maria Burendi, said she left her home in Alistonia society at 6.15am to collect an African wig and some food from a friend at DPS Society.
While on her way, she said the cab was stopped at 6.30am near the Omicorn roundabout by 10-12 men who then beat her up.
“They stopped the car and asked me to get out,” Maria told TOI over the phone.
“When the cabbie and I stepped out, they started slapping me saying that Nigerians are bad. When I said that I was a Kenyan, one of the guys asked them to stop and they relented.”
“I was not expecting this. I wanted to buy some food items but could not. Later I thought I could collect my African hair wig from my friend’s place in Greater Noida. It was then that the attack took place,” she said.
However, police later in the evening said her version was doubtful.
They said they nabbed the cab driver and when he was questioned, he denied any such incident happened.
Multiple attacks on Kenyan and Nigerian students have been reported this week in Greater Noida, 18 miles southeast of the capital New Delhi.
Nine Nigerians were attacked, including five who were wounded and two who were hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, said Abike Dabiri, Nigeria’s special assistant on foreign affairs and diaspora.