A 23-year-old Indian student was stabbed near her university in Canada on Thursday and is in a critical condition. The incident was highlighted when a Twitter user Ronald, reached out to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar asking him for help.
Jaishankar responded saying, “Deeply shocked to learn of the serious attack on Rachel Albert, an Indian student in Toronto. Asking MEA officials to help with her family’s visa.”
Rachel was staying in a rented room near the campus to pursue a one-year course, which gets over in April this year. Her father, mother and elder sister are residents of Anna Nagar, Chennai. When contacted, her father Albert Raj Kumar said Rachel had complained of a stalker who contacted her on social media and wanted to date her. According to Albert, Rachel was shot with a pistol and then stabbed. “The Canadian media has not reported that she was shot and only reported the knife attack. I heard that my daughter is under critical care at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Hospital,” he added.
Albert said that he spoke to his daughter just that morning for around 15 minutes. “In the evening, I got a message from the Canadian police about my daughter being assaulted. She is struggling for life,” he said. “The Canadian Deputy High Commissioner asked me to come to Bangalore to collect the visa. On Saturday, we will be leaving for Canada from Chennai,” said Albert.
The grieving father said that Rachel had only confided to his elder daughter about the stalker. “On January 8, she said that a guy was troubling her by asking for a date and was constantly following her,” he said. According to the update posted by the Toronto Police Operations, the attacker has been identified as Asian, wearing a black jacket, pants and a hoodie and carrying a backpack.