Nigerian accused of theft, tied to a pole, beaten up mercilessly in Delhi
In another racist attack, a Nigerian man was beaten by a group of people in the Malviya Nagar locality of South Delhi, according to an ANI report. The incident had taken place on September 24, 2017, however, the video of the assault has recently surfaced. The Nigerian, who was accused of theft, was tied to a pole and then beaten up mercilessly.
After beating the man, the group handed over the Nigerian man to the police. No one is booked for the assault yet. As reported by ANI, a spokesperson for the Delhi Police has said that the police has taken note of the incident and is going to take legal actions.
This attack on a Nigerian national comes ahead of the incident that took place in March, earlier this year, where a group of Nigerians were beaten up by a group of people in the Greater Noida area of Delhi. They were accused of allegedly selling drugs to a Class 12 student who had died of drug overdose. The Nigerian nationals were arrested and later released due to lack of evidence. In October 2014, three Nigerian nationals were beaten up at Rajiv Chowk metro station for allegedly eve-teasing some girls.
Delhi is infamous for being overtly racist towards citizens of African nations and also people hailing from north-east India. Over 50,000 Nigerians live in India, the fifth-largest foreign student's group in the country. India famously boasts the ancient slogan “Athiti Devo Bhava” – the guest is the god. However, Nigerians feel scared in the national capital. This comes as no surprise as a 2016 World Values Survey found that about 25% Indians would not like to have a person of a different colour as their neighbour.