"Curry bashing": Indians the new scapegoats in Oz?

The following CCTV footage has outraged Australia's Indian community, which in the past few years has fallen victim to a record number of brutal attacks.

Melbourne, 9 May 2009. The victim: 21-year-old Sourabh Sharma.

According to the police, just under 1,500 Indians were attacked in Victoria State alone in the twelve months to July 2008. On Saturday yet another student was assaulted, this one stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver. It was an attack that drove the Indian community to take action, with thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets of Melbourne on Sunday. Tensions were further aggravated after a police intervention was lambasted by the Indian press.

This footage, broadcast by several Indian channels and websites, sparked protests in the country, where demonstrators insist that the attacks are racially motivated. The authorities in Australia however deny the charges, saying that most attackers target Indians because they often travel alone late at night due to unusual shifts and are known to carry expensive electrical equipment with them.

Another violent attack on Tuesday, however, has added weight to the demonstrator's argument, and increased worries for the authorities, who are well aware that the country's 93,000 Indian students bring in an enormous amount of revenue each year.

“The authorities are contradicting themselves”

Amit Menghani, 22, is an engineering student in Melbourne. He's been in Australia for four and a half years. He currently lives in the Reservoir suburb of northern Melbourne. He's president of the Federation of Indian Students of Australia, which organised Saturday's demonstration.   

One thing I'd like to make clear, is that our rally, which was peaceful, finished in the afternoon. What happened later, and the people who were arrested by the police, were nothing to do with us.

What's clear to us, is that the authorities are contradicting themselves. First, they say we're just unlucky, but then tell us not to speak loudly in Indian languages, which suggests that we're being specifically targeted. Then they make up the excuse that the Indian community is targeted for their belongings, but we all know that other people carry just the same things as we do. Finally, while the police say that there were no racial elements in the Sourabh Sharma case, the Australian prime minister then made a speech about racial attacks and included Sharma's assault!

If the police had only done something about this when it started to become a problem a few years ago, then things would have got better, not worse. Instead, the media kept quiet about it and nothing was done. It's only thanks to foreign media that attention has been brought to this situation."  

“It’s just a matter of sheer bad luck that only Indians are being targeted”

Preeti Oberoi is completing her master's degree in teaching in Melbourne. She's been living in Australia for around 18 months. She lives in north-central Melbourne.   

People are only talking about this because it's all over the press and the Internet. Personally I've never had any problems except for one of my training teachers laughing at my accent. I do think Indian students are very easy targets but like the police said that's because they're often travelling alone and with MP3 players of laptops. I really believe the motive behind these attacks is usually money. Australia is a culturally diverse and welcoming country which respects its diversity. It's just a matter of sheer bad luck that only Indians are being targeted."  
  

Comments

As you can see in the video,

As you can see in the video, and as it has been reported in Australia, the violence against Indians is coming from Lebanese gangs. Australia is full of little pockets of areas full of people from other countries who have not integrated into the Australian life.

The majority of Australia is sickened by this. We have lebanese gangs, we have Asian gangs knifing people randomly. We hate it, but if we say so we are racist.
White Australians are not hurting Indians.

Ban Australia as a tourist & educational destination

UN must take steps to ban Australia as a tourist and educational destination.
This country is thoroughly uncivilized.Even their Police is retarded.

UN peace keeping force might be some help.

Racist Aussies

Aussies are a very racist far right people...in this global forward thinking worls these racist Aussies are left back in time. They need to sober down or the same kind of treatment shud be given to all the aussies travelling abroad. Nail the Aussie.

aussies

Well the white race has plenty of morons in its society,would be better if they educated themselves ,instead of remaining ignorant whites.

joseph walker

Reverse racism smells just as bad,it also makes you look like an ignorant brown racist aswell,THINK BEFORE YOU POST

Condemn Aussie Government

no one should travel to Australia..esp from Asia..Its just the worst destination for me in the world.These people here are AUSSIE TERRORISTS..

That country seems to be full of nasty and menacing people..

It should be taken off tourist maps.I am from UK and a white guy and i wholly condemn the AUSSIE GOVERNMENT & THESE PEOPLE.Many native students support these attacks there..Most of the people there seem INHUMAN AND SADISTIC.This even when education is so vital to their economy.Lets all unite from Europe and Asia & condemn all AUSSIE institutions.

Australian should be

Australian should be thinking about how to curb their youth delinquency regardless of their color of skin because after all these people are born in autralaia and have and autralian education.

This is a very dangerous country , really if you're not white please do not go there to visit.

Indians are not handling it

Indians are not handling it the right way. The important thing to remember is behave in a way in which yourself from the mainstream Aussies.
I would suggest is get some white Aussies support (in all the rallies I couldn't find a single white Aussie).

"If you are in Rome, live in the Roman way, if you are elsewhere, live as they do there" by St. Ambrose

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