African students raise voice for Florence

African students raise voice for Florence

Submitted by Kumuda on Fri, 2017-02-03 20:07 Bengaluru:  The murder of an Ugandan woman by an M.Tech student following a dispute over money for sex has taken a new twist as the African community in Bengaluru has demanded that the police to book the Himachali man for rape and murder.The African Students Association demanded the harshest punishment for Ishaan, the M.Tech graduate who murdered Ugandan national Nagasaki Florence two days ago in the city.The Association said the victim, Florence Nakayiki, 25, met Ishaan on the new year eve at MG Road. They became friends on social media friends and would chat for hours. According to the African community, Ishaan befriended Florence and raped her before murdering her. There is proof of sexual assault on her before her death and police cannot claim that it is just a murder, spokespersons of the Association argue. They demanded that Ishaan be booked for rape and murder.Speaking to bfirst.in, David, member of the African Students’ Association, said Florence should get justice."Whenever such incidents take place, every resident in the city speak disparagingly about us,” said David. “People do not understand what we feel or undergo. In case of Florence, She should get justice. A criminal is a criminal. We want justice. Police should see that the person is punished."Lissie (name changed), a student from Uganda, spoke about the prejudice and humiliation they endure from locals."When we go out for shopping, people stare at us. We are looked down upon. Most of the times, auto drivers refuse to drop us. Why are we not treated as human beings? We need justice for Florence. We want the government and police officials to take action against the person who murdered her," she said.The investigation into the murder has revealed that Ishaan had been in the city for the past 7 months. He worked as a computer science teacher in a private school and stayed at a paying guest accommodation in BTM Layout. Police sources said that he had met Florence on December 31 during the New Year celebrations at Fusion Lounge Bar on Brigade Road, after which they exchanged numbers and remained in touch.According to the police, Florence had asked Ishaan to meet her on Wednesday on Brigade Road. During the interrogation by the Kothnur Police, Ishaan confessed to the murder. He reportedly told the police that Florence agreed to have sex with him for Rs 5,000, but later demanded Rs10,000, which led to an argument between the two, that ended up in the murder.Meanwhile, residents living in Kothnur complained of loud music emanating from houses rented by African nationals. Padma, a resident of Chandra Nagar, said loud music was a common problem.“We residents do not know how to tell them. Usually, police warn them at night. After this incident, we feel scared," she said.Shekar, another resident, echoed Padma. “There are many African nationals here. If we warn someone, then all the members of the community come to their rescue," he said.Body still in cityThe body of Florence has become another problem for the city police. Bopanna, Assistant Commissioner Police, Bengaluru said they had contacted Florence’s mother."It costs Rs 1,30,000 to transport the body. We asked the associations if they can contribute and send the body, but no one came forward. The African Embassy will be informed through FRRO, but it is a very lengthy process. If the family asks us to cremate the body here, then we have to do so," he said.He also added that Florence had come on a student visa and had enrolled in two private colleges in Bengaluru.“She had an ID card of Omkar Institute of Management on her.  But the college said that there was no African national called Florence and they had not issued any ID card," said Bopanna.