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There has been countless cases of foreigners being beaten up, robbed and even killed because of their colour.
When students go to the US, they do so for good education and a better lifestyle. But the recent murders of Indian students in US campuses reveal macabre ends to the dreams and ambitions of the students as well as their grief stricken families. I
An Indian student was shot dead in the United States a week back.
This is the third case of an Indian being student being shot in US in the past five weeks.
Abhijit Mahato, a 29-year-old graduate student at America’s Duke University, was shot in an apartment complex in North Carolina. Mahato, was studying for an engineering doctorate degree at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. He was in his second year.
The body of Abhijeet Mahato, 29, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur alumnus doing his Ph.D. at the Dukes Pratt School of Engineering, Durham, was found Friday night at an off-campus apartment complex by his friends and colleagues.
There are nearly 300 graduates and PhD students of Indian origin at Duke, which has about 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students
The Durham police were quoted as saying they did not yet have a motive for the shooting by unidentified gunmen. No arrests were made so far.
Meanwhile, back in India Abhijeet Mahato’s parents still await the arrival of his body. They are trying to get in touch the authorities at the college to ensure that the body comes back to India, where the last rites can be formed.
Earlier, In December last year two Indian students were found murdered on the campus of Louisiana State University. The two Indian doctoral students, Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, were shot dead in the Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge. In that case too, the police have yet to find a motive or arrest any suspects.
Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, two PhD students from India at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, were found murdered at the latter’s apartment on December 13. Both Komma and Allam hailed from Andhra Pradesh. While Allam was doing his PhD in chemistry, Komma was pursuing a doctorate in biology. They had been students of the Louisiana State University for the last 3-4 years, Mudunuri said. Over 300 Indian students study at the LSU.
At a press conference on December 14, O’Keefe said that Komma and Allam “appeared to be targeted for reasons unknown. This does not appear to be a random event.” O’Keefe also offered his condolences to the victims’ families
The gruesome murders committed talk about the sorry state of affairs on US campuses. Last year, there had also been a shootout episode at the Virginia tech University where an Indian Professor Vasudev Loganathan and an Indian student Minal Panchal lost their lives. And the speech made by O’Keefe suggested that the Indian students might be the specific ones being targeted.
Indian students have strength of more than 80,000 in the US Campuses, the largest number of any foreign country students studying in the US. Are they being targeted because of professional jealousy? The Indian students have been known to perform outstandingly when abroad and even go on to pursue the Doctorate degree after completing their Masters. And the Indians are being offered jobs at lower salaries than the American students and hence for the companies and the corporates it is easier to recruit Indian students. As, the American economy is going in a recession phase, is it frustration that is driving the Americans to such gruesome acts?
Is Indian community in the US is not strong enough to standup to the authorities and compel them to give more protection and also solve such crimes? There seems to be apathy when it comes to crimes against Indians. Infact sometimes Indians are mistaken for mid-easterners.
We can always say that human life is not safe any where. But, when an Indian student goes to the US to study, he carries a burden of the dreams of his family and relatives apart from his own hopes and aspirations. But after these gruesome murders there might be fear among the students planning to go and study abroad. If there was a single case, it could have been neglected. But, if it becomes a trend then the American Authorities should take action to curb such deadly acts. We offer condolences to the family of the deceased and pray that they be able to recover from such a tragedy.
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