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Centre points advisory over ‘sharp rise in hate crimes, anti-India activities’ in Canada

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India on Friday suggested its nationals in Canada to stay vigilant saying hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India actions had risen sharply within the North American nation and that “perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far”.

“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 Ministry of External Affairs stated in a press release.

The advisory additionally urged Indians headed to Canada for travel and academic functions to stay cautious. Indians have been requested to register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the consulates in Toronto and Vancouver by way of their web sites or the Madad portal (madad.gov.in).

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“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,” the advisory added.

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