Press Esc to close
Thursday 23 October 2014
News updated at 2:45 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Victoria premier condemns 'sickening' racial attack on Indians

Melbourne, Dec 21, 2012 (PTI)

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu today condemned as "sickening" an alleged racial attack on two young Indian women on a local bus in Australia, while denouncing the idea of racism as "contemptible" and "disgraceful".

In an incident that reportedly happened on December 12, a woman of solid built who has been described as "very manly" slapped the Indian women while racially abusing them after getting off a bus in Melbourne, the police has said.

The premier said "the reports of two women being attacked on a bus due to their cultural background is sickening, the overwhelming number of Victorians find racism disgraceful".
"Racism is contemptible, disgraceful, cowardly and illegal.

Victorians are proud to be the multicultural centre of Australia and anything that looks to diminish our multiculturalism needs to be challenged," Baillieu said in a statement released by his office.


He said his government has done more than any other government in the past to welcome members of the Indian community.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with Victoria's Indian community," he said.
According to local police, the aggressor woman had launched her attack when one of the sisters accidentally knocked her with a handbag.

The sister whose bag had bumped the larger woman had tried to apologise, but the aggressive woman shouted abuse and told the sisters to "go back to your own country".
Other things were said but Senior Sergeant Bills did not specify what they were.

"The girls got off the bus, the woman followed them, slapped them and smashed a mobile phone," he said. The woman then got into a taxi.

Security footage from the bus was not available, Bills said, because the camera was faulty.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Armed RCMP officers head in to Centre Block on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident...

Armed RCMP officers head in to Centre Block on Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident...

The Conservative Party caucus room is shown shortly after shooting began on Parliament Hill...

The Conservative Party caucus room is shown shortly after shooting began on Parliament Hill...

Police teams enter Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday...

Police teams enter Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday...

Police and paramedics tend to a soldier shot at the National Memorial near Parliament Hill...

Police and paramedics tend to a soldier shot at the National Memorial near Parliament Hill...

A major fire that broke out in the crackers market in Faridabad...

A major fire that broke out in the crackers market in Faridabad...

On the eve of Diwali Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture of Kali...

On the eve of Diwali Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture of Kali...

Indian passengers rest on a crowded platform ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights...

Indian passengers rest on a crowded platform ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights...

Indian soccer player Peter Biaksangzuala, center, performs flips as he celebrates a goal...

Indian soccer player Peter Biaksangzuala, center, performs flips as he celebrates a goal...

Woman buying earthen lamps at a market ahead of the Diwali festival...

Woman buying earthen lamps at a market ahead of the Diwali festival...

School children paint their faces during Diwali celebrations...

School children paint their faces during Diwali celebrations...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523