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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Whether Indian govt. is doing enough about the racist attacks on our youth in Australia

Atasha Chaku Melbourne, May 29 (PTI) In a fresh attack targeting Indians in Australia, a student suffered up to 30 per cent burns after a suspected petrol bomb was hurled at him in his home in Sydney. According to local newspaper for Indian community, South Asia Times, 25-year-old Rajesh Kumar was quickly covered by a blanket by his flatmate after the attack yesterday, an act which saved him from further injuries.

Kumar was sitting on his bed in the front room of his rented house when an unknown person threw what neighbours say was a small petrol bomb through his window. The explosion and subsequent fire left Kumar with burns to a third of his body.

The latest attack came as Shravan Kumar, a 25-year-old student from Andhra Pradesh, was fighting for life in a hospital here after being stabbed by a screwdriver by a group of teens in a weekend attack that also left three of his friends injured. Doctors have said they were not very optimistic about Kumar's recovery.

Another student Baljinder Singh, stabbed by two attackers with a screwdriver early this week, has been released from hospital today.There have been numerous attacks on Indian students in the recent past. Though the cases are reported, but the action is very mild due to which the frequency of such occurrences has increased. Though the Indian government has taken a tough stand this time, what’s the permanent solution to this? Or are we going to lose our youth to racist attacks? Should students be discouraged to take foreign courses? Do foreign countries need lessons in behaviour? What should the Indian government do? How do we stop this? Tell us

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