Two Indian-origin women killed in unprovoked UK knife attacks

Both killings were carried out by foreigners living in UK without any provocation

NEW DELHI | Updated: 15 June, 2023 10:54 am IST
Indian-Irish Grace Kumar (left) and Tejaswini Reddy.

NEW DELHI: Two innocent young women of Indian origin lost their lives in separate unprovoked stabbings by foreigners in Nottingham and Wembley cities of the United Kingdom last Tuesday.

While Grace Kumar – a half-Indian, half-Irish woman – was stabbed to death along with two others by a man of African origin in Nottingham, Telangana native Tejaswini Reddy was attacked by her Brazilian flatmate in London’s suburban hamlet of Wembley.

Grace Kumar, aged 19, was a university student with a remarkable sporting talent, according to her friends. She played for England’s under-18 hockey team and was highly regarded as a competitive cricketer. Her untimely demise has devastated the sports community.

Grace Kumar with her father Dr Sanjoy Kumar, her mother Sinead and brother James.

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Woodford Wells Cricket Club in Essex paid tribute to Kumar, describing her as fiercely competitive, talented, and dedicated. Similarly, England Hockey expressed their deep sadness and described her as a popular member of the national squads.

Reddy (27) moved to the UK for studies in 2020. Her 28-year-old Indian friend Akhila was also attacked and is currently fighting for life in a hospital.

Grace was a student of University of Nottingham

Athlete Kumar was stabbed allegedly by a West African man at Ilkeston Road in Nottingham at 4 am on Tuesday (local time). The 31-year-old suspect, who is now in custody, also stabbed her friend Barnaby Webber and a 50-year-old man. He then stole the third victim’s van and subsequently used it to drive into pedestrians in Nottingham city center.

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The incidents took place on the same day, Tuesday, and both attacks were seemingly random, perpetuated by individuals from other countries residing in the UK. The alarming similarity between these unprovoked attacks has heightened concerns among local communities.

Meanwhile, the community has come together to express their grief and solidarity. A vigil was held at St Peter’s Church in Nottingham, where students gathered to pay their respects and leave flowers in remembrance of the victims.

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