Take Caution while travelling to Canada, MEA advises Students amidst increasing ‘Hate Crime’
It has also advised Indian nationals and students from India in Canada to register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver
The Ministry of External Affairs has issued an advisory to students and other Indian nationals travelling to Canada to be cautious due to the increase in cases of ‘hate crime’ against Indians. An Indian student sustained severe injuries during a shooting rampage in Canada last week, he later succumbed to his injuries.
MEA in its advisory has stated that there has been a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada. “Indian nationals & students from India in Canada & those proceeding to Canada for travel/ education are advised to exercise due caution & remain vigilant,” reads the Ministry of External Affairs advisory.
The Ministry has also stated that the MEA and our High Commission/Consulates General in Canada have taken up these incidents with Canadian authorities and requested a probe & appropriate action.
On Tuesday, Canadian Member of Parliament, Chandra Arya highlighted the growing number of attacks on Hindu places of worship and temples in Canada. Arya issued a statement condemning the acts of vandalism in the Canadian parliament. His statement came after unidentified miscreants sprayed graffiti praising Khalistan separatist movements and vandalized the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Vishnu Mandir in Toronto.
MEA Advisory to Indians
The Government of India advisory states that the perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far in Canada.
It reads: “In view of the increasing incidences of crimes as described above, Indian nationals and students from India in Canada and those proceeding to Canada for travel/education are advised to exercise due caution and remain vigilant.”
It has also advised Indian nationals and students from India in Canada to register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites, or the MADAD portal madad.gov.in. Registration would enable the High Commission and the Consulates General to better connect with Indian citizens in Canada in the event of any requirement or emergency.
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