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India Issues Alert Over Spurt In Anti-India Hate Crimes In Canada

Exceptional advisory issued by Ministry of External Affairs asks Indian nationals in Canada to be cautious and vigilant

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File photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Gurdwara in Canada

Alerting Indian nationals in Canada about the “sharp increase” in hate crimes and anti-India activities in that country, the Government of India has advised them to be cautious and vigilant.

In an exceptional advisory issued on September 23, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) regretted that the perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far despite requests to the Canadian authorities. 

“There has been a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada. The Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission/Consulates General in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate the said crimes and take appropriate action. The perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far in Canada,” the advisory stated, citing the background of a spurt in anti-India activity.
 “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 was advised.
“Indian nationals and students from India in Canada may also register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites, or the MADAD portal,” the MEA advisory added. Such 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, it was reasoned.