In yet another attack on Indian students in Australia, a youth from the community was assaulted and robbed in Gold Coast, taking to 17 the number of such incidents within a month.
The attack which occurred last week came to light today when the victim identified as Sachin sent an e-mail to the Federation of Indian Students in Australia (FISA). "I am a student of Southern Cross university TweedHeads Gold Coast. I have been attacked and robbed ... near Coolangatta police station," he said in the e-mail.
"They took my money, ATM card, phone, gold chain. And I got five stitches on my face," he said, adding a case has already been filed, but that he was "not satisfied" with the police action. The student sought FISA's advice on what he should do next despite the Australian authorities vowing to provide maximum security to foreigners pursuing education here. FISA founder Gautam Gupta said that they had been receiving five to seven such e-mails everyday wherein victims were seeking help. "We have been receiving ... such e-mails everyday stating they have been robbed, bashed, verbally abused or thrown out of the house," Gupta said.
Gupta said there was an urgent need for the Indian High Commission to build trust among students to directly report such incidents. He said FISA was working with the High Commission in this regard. Facing flak for the recent spate of attacks on Indian youths, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday pledged to provide "maximum" security to foreign students. "Any assault against any person or any visitor to Australia or any international student is one assault too many," Rudd told a visiting Indian media delegation here yesterday.