Chandigarh: Slamming the UPA government at
the Centre, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal
Monday said its response to radio-tagging of Indian students in
the United States in the wake of an immigration scam involving
a university there was weak-kneed.
In a statement here, the SAD president asked the Union
government to set up an institutionalised mechanism to deal
with incidents of harassment of Indian students abroad.
Indian students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, are facing
the prospect of deportation as US authorities last week shut
down the Tri-Valley University in San Francisco on charges of
a massive immigration fraud.
Badal said "it is a matter of concern that the oldest
democracy of the World that fought a relentless battle against
slavery has resorted to modern-day shackles of radio-tags,
normally used to keep track of animals in jungles.
"By treating lawful immigrants from India worse than
animals, the US government has committed the worst kind of
human right violation besides denigrating India as a country."
It was unfortunate that the response of the Indian
government to such a serious matter was weak-kneed, he said.
The government should have responded strongly and
ensured proper re-admission of all Indian students in other US
He said the website of the US Embassy in India shows
Tri-Valley University as a legitimate and recognised varsity
and students should not be made culprits for seeking admission
in a recognised university.
Badal said an institutionalised mechanism for helping
students studying abroad in cases of distress should be set up
by the government.