New Delhi: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday
termed as "disturbing" the comments of a US diplomat calling
ankle monitors tagged on some Indian students in California as
"very hip and happening."
"Comments of the US official (on ankle monitors tagged
on some Indian students) are disturbing...," Sibal told
reporters on the sidelines of an Indian Council for
Agricultural Research (ICAR) function here.
Juliet Wur, Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate
in Hyderabad, had yesterday said, "Those anklets are used when
you have somebody who might flee. And so you give them the
choice--would you go to the prison or would you like an
anklet. The anklets are very hip and happening. Many of our
movie stars caught in drunken driving or else choose the
anklets than sitting in orange suit in a prison."
Some of the Indian students at the Tri-Valley University
in California, who are in danger of being deported after the
college was shut down over alleged visa fraud, are being made
to wear ankle bracelets so that they can be tracked. The
students are mostly from Andhra Pradesh.
Wurr had later apologized for the remarks.
"I deeply apologise. Because I would never want to
insult or hurt the feelings of any Indian and particularly of
young people who are going through a very trying time now with
this situation. I forgot about the feelings behind that and I
think people responded when I did not mention that," she had
said last night.
Asked about steps taken by the Union HRD ministry on
the issue, Sibal said, "The external affairs ministry is
looking into the matter."
Yesterday, he had also appealed the student community
to be "careful" in choosing institutes while going abroad to
pursue higher studies.