Toronto: Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was deeply shocked after hearing that a 23-year-old Indian-origin woman was battling for life after she was stabbed near the York University campus in Toronto.
Jaishankar asked officials to immediately arrange visas for her family.
“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,” the minister tweeted.
Investigation revealed that the woman, identified by Jaishankar as Rachel Albert, was walking along a pathway near the university campus when she was attacked, knocked to the ground, and dragged by the assailant.
Citing a report in Toronto’s local news portal CTV News, a relative of the woman took to Twitter and requested Jaishankar for help, adding that the woman’s parents were from Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor.
“Good morning, my nice Rachel (Tamilian) who has gone to Canada for studies was stabbed and hospitalized … Please do help her. Here is the news on the incident by local channel. Her parents are here at TN Coonoor,” tweeted the relative of the woman.
The suspect was described as a 20-year-old Asian man with black hair, wearing “stylish” sunglasses and a puffy black jacket.
A Toronto police constable was quoted by CTV News advising that the attacker was in possession of a knife, urging people to avoid the area.
The woman, a student, sustained wounds on her neck due to the stabbing, and underwent surgery. She continued to be in a critical condition.