Are you an international student thinking about studying in New Zealand because you’ve heard it’s a racially tolerant country?
Sikh student Rajwinder Singh, studying in Christchurch, received death threats after a picture of him was posted on social media calling him a “terrorist.” In essence he was labelled a terrorist for wearing a turban. You can imagine his shock when New Zealand police told him they couldn’t protect him. To add insult to injury Mr Singh was also falsely accused of sexual abuse by the Missing Persons Christchurch and Canterbury Facebook group on 29 January 2015 (for which they later apologised, but not before the damage had been done).
He became aware of the hate campaign against him after Facebook members stalked him to his workplace and his boss became aware of their activities.
Rajwinder Singh feared for his life after his photograph was posted online, without his knowledge, alongside false criminal accusations.
A vicious backlash followed as the photo was shared around, including threats of violence and publicly listing his workplace.
“Put a bat through his turban and smash his legs to a pulp,” one person said on social media.
Genuinely afraid, the 23-year-old went to the police only to be told nothing could be done because the comments were online and therefore “not public”.
ONE News contacted Canterbury police for comment but despite Mr Singh giving permission for his file to be made public, they refused an interview.
The police could not help Mr Singh because making death threats online is not a crime” … source
Out of respect for Mr Singh we’re not going to republish his image or copies of the hate directed against him. Instead we’re showing people the ‘apology’ from the offending Facebook page.
New Zealand is such a great place to live and study, you think?!
Most tourist seasons in New Zealand have a theme. Some years it’s backpacker attacks, some years it’s the ongoing war on freedom campers, but overall the underlying thread is the love hate relationship New Zealand has with tourists, tolerated for nothing more than the wealth they bring and despised simply for being there.
This year’s theme has been the allegedly poor driving skills of overseas tourists of non-European appearance. These are ‘so bad’ in that in some New Zealanders’ opinions they now have the right to stop foreign looking tourists, assault them and confiscate their hire-car keys. This is despite the fact that only 6% of crashes in New Zealand involve foreign drivers… read on