“She is in a critical condition."
Rachel Albert, an Indian student was mercilessly stabbed by an Asian man near her university in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
The 23-year-old, who is from Tamil Nadu, India was pursuing her Master’s degree in Toronto.
The incident came to light when Ronald, who is the victim’s uncle took to Twitter to reach out to the Foreign Minister S Jaishankar for help. He tweeted:
“@DrSJaishankar Good Morning, my niece Rachel (Tamilian) who have gone to Canada for studies was stabbed and hospitalised … Please do help her.
“Here is the news of the incident by local channel. Her parents are here at TN Coonoor.”
S Jaishankar responded to the tweet, expressing his shock at the incident and revealed that he has asked for help. He said:
“Deeply shocked to learn of the serious attack on Rachel Albert, an Indian student in Toronto, Canada.
“Am asking MEA officials to help her family’s visa. Family members may immediately contact us on +91 9873983884.”
Deeply shocked to learn of the serious attack on Rachel Albert, an Indian student in Toronto, Canada. Am asking MEA officials to help with her family’s visa. Family members may immediately contact us on +91 9873983884. https://t.co/wPno3V5aTv
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) January 24, 2020
Reports by the Canadian media confirmed that the Indian student was walking along a path near her university late at night on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
During her walk, a man attacked her causing her to fall to the ground before he dragged her a short distance.
Rachel suffered injuries to her neck and required surgery. Toronto Police Operations on Twitter identified the attacker as “male, Asian, 5’11”, slim, black jacket, pants & hoodie w/backpack.”
According to a phone interview with India Today TV, Rachel’s father Albert revealed that his daughter is in a critical condition. He said:
“She is in a critical condition. We are filling the online forms for the visa. We have been assured that we will be provided a visa on an emergency basis. We just want to go and be next to her as soon as we can.”
Rachel’s elder sister Rebecca further added: “As of now she is in the critical care unit and is hemodynamically stable. Her condition, however, is still critical.”
Rebecca continued to mention how it was difficult for the family to know the full extent of what was going on. She said:
“We got a call from the Canadian police but it was from a private number so we couldn’t call them back.”
“We had no idea about whether this happened or not. None of our friends or relatives knew about any of this.
“It took a few hours for us to know what exactly was going on. After three to four hours we came to know that Rachel has been admitted to this particular hospital. That’s how we came to know about the incident.”
The India student’s sister went on to confirm that she has spoken to the Foreign Minister, S Jaishankar. She said:
“He told me that he has done his best. He needs our application number and they can provide us with the visas. Now, the problem lies in getting the application number itself.”
Meanwhile, the Canadian police are still on the hunt for the alleged suspect. They are urging any witnesses to come forward as well as those with any video, security or dash-camera footage.