Hoodlums in Australia, responsible for attacks against Indians last week, dub their act as "curry bashing". The chilling chants before resorting to violence -- "let's go curry bashing". The term is defined as an act to rob and assault an Indian and is used by street thugs who make Indian students their victims.
While the Australian officials are still denying the possibility of the race factor behind these attacks, a report on Sydney Morning Herald's website suggests that a disturbing trend of racial violence is on the rise against the students from the subcontinent.
In a shocking revelation, Australia-based cardiologist Dr Yadu Singh said he has been witnessing this violence for past four years.
Mr Singh said the Indian students are soft targets since they work till late hours to support their studies. "The attacks are a mixture of of opportunistic robberies and outright racist attacks," said Singh.
While most of the leading Australian dailies were seen downplaying the issue of violence against foreign students, only one website reported the story but was not seen advocating the cause of Indian students.
Apart from Sydney Morning Herald not many dailies and their websites have given much consideration to the issue of burgeoning violence. The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, WA today were tightlipped on the issue.
The violence has given the opposition an issue to browbeat the local government in the state of Victoria led by John Brumby. Opposition leader Ted Baillieu flayed the Brumby Govt for its handling of violence on foreign students.
"Sadly, the issue is not new – we’ve been raising these concerns for nearly three years and the problem’s got worse, not better,” Mr Baillieu was quoted as saying by a leading Australian daily.