Another student attacked in Oz

Australian govt will not tolerate discrimination against any students

In a fresh incident, Baljinder Singh was attacked on Monday night when two men carrying weapons approached him and demanded money.
As Singh, 25, searched through his bag to hand over his wallet, he was stabbed in the abdomen, the Herald Sun reported, adding Singh screamed for his life while his attackers laughed and fled the scene.
“I just wanted to save my life and yelled ‘just don’t kill me,’” Singh was quoted as saying. “We’re not safe here now,” he said, adding “I thought it was safe here, that’s why I came to Australia.”
The latest attack came as Shravan Kumar, a 25-year-old student from Andhra Pradesh, fought for life in a hospital here after being stabbed by a screwdriver by a group of teens in a weekend attack that also left 3 of his friends injured.
Indian Consul General Anita Nair visited Kumar on Wednesday said doctors were not very optimistic about his recovery.

Two arrested

Australian police on Thursday arrested two teenagers allegedly involved in a racist attack on Saurabh Sharma in a Melbourne train.
Police are now questioning the two boys, aged 16 and 18, after searching two homes on Thursday. CCTV footage of the bashing helped police identify the alleged attackers.
Police are still searching for three others in connection with the assault.
Federation of Indian Student Association (FISA) members on Thursday said, Indian High Commissioner Sujatha Singh who has flown from Canberra to address the issue will hold a press conference on Friday to deliberate on the recent attacks.
In a statement in Parliament, deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Julia Gillard said she wanted to “send a message loud and clear that international students are very welcome in this nation.”
“Australia will not tolerate discrimination against or victimisation of any of our international students,” she said.
Meanwhile, the house of four Indian youths attacked over the weekend by a screwdriver has been burgled, FISA has claimed.
“They have no clothes or anything left in the house and the students are really feeling insecure and unsafe,” said Gautam Gupta, FISA president.
“They believe it was done by members of the same group which had assaulted them during the weekend,” he said.
Representatives of FISA, along with those of Australia’s student body National Union of Students, will meet Indian High Commissioner shortly and present a list of their demands.

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