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Headline of the Week: “Motive Unclear”

Posted by te2ataria on October 9, 2009

sent by an Aussie reader working in India [Contextualized by TEAA’s Team]

‘Indian student attacked in Melbourne, motive unclear’

The most creative [sic] headline of the week title goes to IBN Live, Press Trust Of India.

A 28-year-old student, who remains anonymous, got off from a bus at Keilor Plains train station in NW Melbourne and was attacked by two men, who repeatedly bashed him on the head with a baseball bat.

“Callous and unprovoked” is how Constipated Kevin Squires of Footscray police described the attack:

“They just kept whacking him in the back of the head.”

The victim received 20 stitches to close the gash on his head.

It’s estimated that up to 200 Indian students in Australia have been hurt in racially motivated gang attacks in 2009. Most of these attacks go unreported out of fear.


Fractured cheek … a racist gang bashed and robbed 21-year-old Melbourne student Sourabh Sharma on a train. Photo: Penny Stephens/ smh.com.aus – Image may be subject to copyright

Indian Students protest in Melbourne-
Indian students studying in Melbourne are living in fear, said the Federation of Indian Students in Australia spokesman Gautam Gupta. Photo taken during a a students’ protest on Monday June 8, 2009 after a car was torched outside an apartment block used by Indian student a day earlier. Source: topnews.in. Image may be subject to copyright.

indian taxidrivers demonstrate in Melbourne
Indian taxi drivers demonstrate outside Flinders Street station, threatening to blockade Melbourne Airport as emotions run high after the stabbing of a 23-year-old driver April 30, 2008. Taxi drivers  (ABC Online: Kathy Lord). Image may be subject to copyright.

Aussies Aren’t Smart

India’s 95,000 students represent about 20 per cent of all foreign students in Australia,  an education industry worth 15.5 billion dollars (US$13.4 billion), AFP reported.

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