Association of African Students in India press release on targeted raid of the African Students in Hyderabad
12th August, 2017.
National Public Relations Coordinator.
Association of African Students in India, AASI.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
It has been brought to our notice that the police authorities in Hyderabad have been conducting arrests over document related issues in a bid to fish out students without legal documents residing in the state. On the 10th day of August, The National Lead Representative of AASI received multiple complaints from African students in Hyderabad through The President of African Students Association Hyderabad (ASAH), a sister student association which is united under The AASI.
The Association of African of Students India hereby wishes to use this medium to express its dismay over the unlawful and unethical conduct of the Hyderabad police. There has been several arrest over documents expiration and we are not against the Police conducting search for students with expired documents, but the manner in which the police of the state do so is alarming and unacceptable. They go to student’s apartment at odd times, banging at their doors and asking for their documents, in the process creating unnecessary panic and attracting attention of locals thereby portraying African students as criminals which is a wrong impression that breeds stereotypes and by extension discrimination, and when they do so, they go in large numbers as if the student has committed a grievous crime meanwhile they have only come to verify (a duty of the immigrations) following complaints and reports of some citizens. Most of the times they don’t check the said documents whether expired or not, but arrests the student, and they perpetrate such with the media, thereby further tarnishing the reputation of students. We are not here to teach the police how to do their jobs but rather requesting for a proper and lawful approach.
As a student Association that caters for the well-being of African students across India, we wish to categorically state however that we are not in India illegally and have every right to demand to be treated with decency. We do not support any form of illicit trade and we are therefore calling on the appropriate authorities to deploy every means within the ambits of the law to exercise their duties because failure is to further institutionalise discrimination which is plaguing the African Students Community in India as a result victimising innocent students legally here to study. It is however pertinent for the authorities to note the disparity between students and non-students and it will be the height of injustice on students who are legally here to study, contributing to the economic growth of India in every form to be clubbed together with non-students attributing non-related instances to them. In other cities across India like New Delhi, there has been similar instances where the police have been intentionally trying to club together.
We the Association of African Students hereby call on every Students across India to cooperate with the police authorities to exercise their duties and we are committed to ensure their safety as well as fundamental rights as International students.
We use this medium to call on the attention of the Ministry External Affairs, Home Affairs, immigrations and the police to wade into this matter and ensure that the well-being and rights of African Students in India are protected if the Africa and India shared future is not mirage then it should take into cognisance the future of Africa-India cooperation (of respect and mutuality).
Students are hereby advised to go about their daily activities with their ID’s to avoid harassment, and if need arises reach the association through;
Mob: +918008903592, +919205385513