After the brutal attack on a 21-year-old Tanzanian girl in Bengaluru, the often unspoken problem of racism in India has been called into question, in a country that prides itself on diversity.On Wednesday, the young student was beaten up by a mob and then stripped, after they mistook her to be part of an incident involving a Sudanese man accused of running over a local woman.In an earlier report, Legal Adviser at the All African Students Union, Bosco Kaweesi said, “This girl arrived at the spot 30 minutes after the accident from a different route. They saw the mob attacking the guy, who had caused the accident, the girl had no connection with him.” Adding she was violated in the “worst possible manner”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. Africans who travelled to India hoping to encounter a rich and vibrant culture and meet hospitable people, instead have felt shattered by the reality of what they face.In two YouTube videos, some of them have shared their personal experience of racism and how it has affected them and their view of the country.In the first video, the men say they are often cursed at or people run away from them. Shocked by how high racism is, one of them said, “I wasn’t really expecting this they told me this (India) is a loving country and everything.”They say people will say hurtful things to get you to react. “If you react they beat the hell out of you” and people not part of the fight join in before trying to find out what happened.A troubling 2014 incident of a mob attack on three Nigeria men at a Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, New Delhi, was caught on video, while police stood by and did not attempt to defuse the situation.Another man also interviewed, revealed an incident that made him wonder how young children are being influenced by these biases. When a woman who was having trouble with her child on the street saw him, she said to the child, “This person is going to take you away.””A child like that would grow up not wanting to associate with a black person,” he said.In the second video, two young African students in Hyderabad said their experience of racism in India is everywhere. “India is the world’s largest democracy and I expected certain things to be done,” one of the boys said.”Even civilised people working in higher authorities discriminate against us.” Being treated like this, he disappointingly says “it breaks you down”.In the end, they all want to be treated with respect and not be judged by the colour of their skin.
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