A young Kenyan woman was allegedly assaulted by locals in Greater Noida on Wednesday, police said, the latest report of violence against Africans from the region this week.
The woman, identified by police as Maria Burendi, alleged she was dragged out of cab, slapped and beaten in the abdomen without any provocation by the locals near Alstonia Apartments in Sector Pi 1&2.
The woman, said to be in her 20s, was taken to a hospital for a medical examination where doctors confirmed the possibility of an assault, with abrasions on her hands. Dr Sanil Kapoor, superintendent of Greater Noida’s Kailash Hospital, told Hindustan Times she was discharged after first aid.
“All medical investigations have shown no grievous injuries on her,” said Kapoor,
A case has been registered by the police. Gautam Budh Nagar SSP Dharmendra Singh said, “An FIR has been lodged under section 147, 148, 504, 506, 323 of IPC into the matter.”
According to Singh, 10 miscreants are involved in attacking the woman. The driver of the cab fled the spot. “We are in touch with Ola officials and getting cab and driver details,” he said.
The woman is pursuing her studies in New Delhi and had come to Greater Noida to see her friend in Sector Pi 1&2.
Adamu Muhammed, a resident of Alstonia society and her friend narrated the incident as told by the victim.
“Some local boys dragged her out of the cab and beat her up. She’s in trauma and is not speaking to anyone on the matter.”
Gautam Budh Nagar superintendent of police (rural), Sujata Singh, said the incident took place at around 4.30 am . “Some locals intercepted the cab at Sector Omicron, dragged her out and slapped her. The victim is in deep trauma.”
The police have assured a swift action into the matter.
Alstonia society is mostly occupied by African nationals and miscreants must have targeted vehicles going towards the area, she added.
After the spate of incidents more police force has been moved in to Greater Noida, an additional rapid action force and quick response teams are being deployed in the area, she said.
The attack is the third against Africans in Greater Noida since Sunday. Last week a 17-year-old boy died of cardiac arrest following suspected drug overdose, and local people blamed African nationals, saying they had supplied him the drugs.