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Students: We're safe

Nasik Swami
Monday, January 07, 2013

PARENTS of Fijian students studying in India have been advised not to worry about the safety of their children following the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman last month.

The advice was issued by Fiji's High Commissioner to India, Yogesh Karan who told this newspaper that the commission was on high alert as far as the safety of the Fijian students were concerned.

"There is nothing to fear.

"The students are all safe and they are very much in support like other students studying in India," Mr Karan said.

He said the Indian government had deployed 150 female officers in various police stations in Delhi to ensure safety of the general public.

A first year science student in Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, Vicky Narayan said all six students studying in the university were safe.

"The protest is still continuing but the number of people protesting has decreased. This has not affected us in any way," Mr Narayan said.

Another first year arts student, Farzana Nisha of the University of Pune in the state of Maharashtra said Pune was normal and there were no issues.

"Our safety in India has been very good. We are safe," Ms Nisha said.

She said the fatal gang rape of the physiotherapy student created a lot of hype and was something discussed everyday.


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