The recent spate of brutal attacks on Indian students in various cities across the United States has sparked outrage and calls for action. From Chicago to Ohio, these incidents have left families and communities reeling, demanding better protection and support for young Indians pursuing their dreams abroad.

Hyderabad Student’s Harrowing Ordeal in Chicago

The latest victim is Syed Mazahir Ali, a student from Hyderabad pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Technology at Indiana Wesleyan University in Chicago. On February 4, Ali was viciously attacked by four unidentified robbers near his apartment. In a heart-wrenching video that went viral, the bloodied and traumatized student pleaded for help, stating that the assailants had beaten him and stolen his phone.

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Wife’s Desperate Appeal for Assistance

Ali’s wife, Ruqiya Fatima, wrote to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, seeking medical and legal assistance for her husband. Expressing concern for his safety and mental well-being, she requested help to travel to the USA with their three minor children to support him during this difficult time.

Indian Consulate Assures Support

The Indian Consulate in Chicago has assured all possible assistance to Ali and his family. In a statement on social media, the consulate said it is in touch with the victim and his wife, and has contacted local authorities investigating the case.

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String of Deadly Attacks on Indian Students

Ali’s attack is just the latest in a series of tragic incidents involving Indian students in the USA. Last week, Shreyas Reddy, a student at the Linder School of Business in Cincinnati, Ohio, was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Similarly, Vivek Saini, an MBA graduate, was brutally murdered by a homeless man in Georgia, and Neel Acharya, a student at Purdue University, was found dead after going missing for days.

Telangana CM Revanth Reddy’s Assurance and Helpdesk

Expressing distress over the attacks, Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy urged the External Affairs Minister to address the issue of safety for Indian students in the USA. He announced the launch of a dedicated helpdesk to ensure support for all youth from Telangana living abroad, especially students.

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Calls for Improved Safety Measures

The increasing number of attacks has raised concerns about the safety and well-being of Indian students in the USA. Families, communities, and officials are calling for improved security measures, better support systems, and more robust policies to ensure the protection of young Indians pursuing their academic dreams in a foreign land.


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