The headline on Stuff didn’t surprise us one bit but we thought we’d draw it to our readers’ attention as we do get a lot of visitors from India and surrounding countries.
It’s the first time we’ve seen hard facts to back-up something we’d suspected for a while, New Zealand isn’t a safe place for foreigners, especially Asian people.
This was written by Michael Field using information published in the Indian Weekender Magazine:
“More Indians are victims of crime in New Zealand than Kiwis are in India.
New Zealand sportspeople playing cricket or heading to the Commonwealth Games are questioning security in India in the wake of bombing outside a cricket ground in Bangalore.
The impression is that India is extremely dangerous, but the statistics show differently.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Wellington said that in 2009 a total of 31 New Zealanders sought consular help from the New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi.
A spokesman said of these, four were categorised as “victims of crime” – and none of them violent.
Over roughly the same time, four Indian nationals were homicide victims in New Zealand including a 78-year-old man, Jastmatbhai Patel, who was hauled out of his van and mortally beaten on the road-side.
The latest incident occurred in January this year when Indian national and father of two, taxi driver Hiren Mohini, was stabbed to death in Auckland.
In the time New Zealanders were complaining about bag snatching in Delhi, two other Indians were killed, including bottle store worker Navtej Singh and sixteen year old dairy worker Sai Krishna Naidu.
Indian Weekender magazine, making its first anniversary as a publication, noted that it had been a depressing time for Indians in New Zealand.
“Murder, unsolved disappearance*, road rage, stabbing and shooting incidents horrified the community; even more shocking was the justice meted out to some in the instances they were caught by New Zealand police and hauled before the courts,” the publication said.
*’Missing’ student Srikanth Rayadurgam was never found after he disappeared in Auckland one day after withdrawing $250 from his bank account. His ostensibly empty wallet and personal belongings were found in a quiet location on a harbourside footpath. Divers looking for his body were pulled off the job to search for a missing toddler who was later found deceased in a drain.
We’re also aware other incidents of violence directed toward Indian people including: A student who was seriously injured in an attack in Avondale, another student who no longer feels safe after a brutal attack in New Plymouth and Indian students being labelled “terrorists” in Invercargill.
Then there was the terrible attack on Ashwin and Nita Surti in their Church Street dairy. Ashwin Surti was shot in the face with an air gun and battered with a hammer when two men held up his shop in Timaru. The couple had arrived from Gujarat in the west of India, 22 months before the robbery.
They came to New Zealand hoping for new opportunities in a country less crowded than their own and where they would be rewarded for their hard work, not brutally beaten and robbed by scum.
Samuel Anglem, 20, was later convicted of aggravated robbery and remanded in custody for sentence on March 17. Anglem carried the claw hammer and struck Mr Surti with it before his associate fired the airgun into Mr Surti’s face at close range.