Indian nurses victims of racial attacks in UK

Indian nurses working in hospitals in north Liverpool in England have become victims of racial attacks by thugs, leaving them terrified to move out of their flats, a media report said on Friday. Four blocks of flats in Falconhall Road, Fazakerley, where the nurses recruited by the state-funded National Health Service reside, have been attacked.

The racist abuse hurled at them is getting worse by the day, Liverpool Echo, a leading local daily, reported. Minu Subash, a nurse working at the Fazakerley hospital, said: "We are really afraid to go out at night because of young boys roaming around outside. I have stopped them trying to take my car and they tried to smash their way into a flat through the window. When you say anything to them or chase them away, you get "Paki this" and "Paki that". It is all the time."

Another nurse Rani Thomas, who works at the same hospital, told the daily: "We have all had some problems. There has been stone-throwing and cars have been damaged. People won’t go out at night because of it." Glenn McDowall, the landlord of the flats where the nurses reside, said: "Starting some months ago, local boys have been throwing eggs at the flats occupied by the Indian nurses and screaming abuse such as "Go home Pakis". The harassment is now escalating."

"Merseyside police has not been made aware of any of the incidents highlighted. However, now that it has been brought to our attention, we will speak with everyone concerned and will fully investigate each allegation," Police Inspector Paul Un-Sworth said. "There has been a dedicated officer who has been working with the nurses via the hospital for more than a year now, and she will be continuing to work with those in the local community," he said.

http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/dec/29nurses.htm

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