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Protests over death of 'race attack' student victim in India

Published on Feb 1, 2014 6:19 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of New Delhi Saturday after a 19-year-old student from India's remote northeast was beaten to death in an apparent hate crime.

Nido Taniam was allegedly thrashed by a group of five men with rods and sticks at a busy shopping area in the capital on Wednesday when he objected to their remarks ridiculing his hair, which he had coloured blonde, local media reports said.

Mr Taniam, the son of a state legislator, was found dead a day later, triggering fury among rights activists, students and migrants from the young student's home state of Arunachal Pradesh.

People from the isolated northeastern state routinely complain of racial profiling and discrimination based on their facial features, which appear more Asiatic than Indian.

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