A mob of 25 people armed with sticks and iron rods attacked students and vandalised residences

Foreign students were attacked on Sunday by a mob after they objected to students offereing prayers on campus 
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By Shweta Sharma

A university in India has issued new guidelines after foreign students were assaulted by a Hindu mob for offering Ramadan prayers on campus – asking the victims and others not to use public spaces for religious purposes.

At least five foreign students studying at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, India, were injured after a mob of around 25 people armed with iron bars and sticks attacked them on Sunday.

Students from Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka were injured in the attack with two of them requiring medical care.

Days after the incident, Gujarat University issued guidelines to international students living in university accommodation and barred them from engaging in “religious activity” in common areas, reported the Times of India.

In comments to the media, a university official also suggested the incident partly stemmed from a lack of “cultural assimilation” on the part of the foreign students.

The new guidelines said students could face expulsion from the college if they were to be found involved in the “use of abusive and threatening language, physical fights, use of force to get an unfair act accomplished etc”.

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