‘Do we belong here?’ wife of murdered Indian engineer asks US

A day after Indian-origin engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was learnt to have been killed in shooting at a bar in Kansas City in the United States in an apparent hate crime, his wife said she had her doubts about staying on in America. Addressing a press conference organised by GPS-maker Garmin where Srinivas worked, Sunayana Dumala said while she was assured by her husband that “good things happen in America”, she wondered in the wake of the tragic accident whether she actually belonged to that country.

She said that reports of bias in the US made minorities afraid and that she was impelled to question “do we belong here”. Dumala said that shooting incidents in America had even earlier made her rethink where they should continue living in that country.

“I wonder what the US government will do to stop hate crimes against minorities”, Dumala added. While condemning the attack on Indian-origin engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla at a Kansas City bar, the US government has assured the Indian Embassy that they are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter.

This after the Indian embassy said that the Government of India had taken up the matter with US authorities and demanded a speedy probe.

The incident evoked outrage from in the US and India with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expressing shock over the incident.

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