Chicago, Illinois – The violent attack on an Indian student named Syed Mazahir Ali has sparked concerns about the safety and security of Indian students in the United States. Ali was seriously injured after being attacked by four armed robbers near his home in Chicago. A distressing video of him bleeding after the attack quickly went viral on social media, drawing widespread attention in India.
With blood streaming down from his forehead, nose, and mouth, Ali can be heard pleading for help in the video, stating that he was attacked by four people as he was returning home with a food packet in his hand. This incident has raised questions about the vulnerability of Indian students in the US, with several cases of violent attacks and mysterious deaths coming to light in recent times.
One such case is that of Vivek Saini, a 25-year-old Indian student who was killed in the US. He was brutally attacked by a 53-year-old drug addict at a convenience store in Georgia. Additionally, 19-year-old Shreyas Reddy Beniger was found dead in Ohio, and while authorities ruled out foul play, the circumstances of his death remain unclear. Another Indian student, Neel Acharya, was discovered dead on the Purdue University campus, and his body was recovered hours after his mother reported him missing. Similarly, an Indian-American student named Akul Dhawan was found dead outside the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with the initial autopsy findings indicating that he died from hypothermia.
These tragic incidents have highlighted the need for improved safety measures and support systems for Indian students studying in the US. The Indian government and educational institutions in the US may need to collaborate to ensure the safety and well-being of Indian students, addressing their concerns and providing adequate support in the face of such challenges. The impact of these incidents on the Indian student community and potential measures to prevent similar tragedies in the future will certainly be subjects of ongoing discussions and deliberations.