An Indian undercover reporter who was assaulted in Sydney during a sting operation while exposing migration and education scams has blasted claims that attack on her was racial, saying that the culprit who assaulted her was a fellow Indian.
"I'm just very, very appalled with the Indian media assuming that this was a racist attack," the 28-year-old reporter with ABC network, who was not identified by the channel, told The Australian daily.
"I know it was not a racially motivated attack... It was absolutely not. My attacker looked like an Indian person and I was threatened in Hindi," she said.
The reporter, who had previously received two threatening calls, was attacked in an inner-city Sydney street on Saturday afternoon when a man wearing a turban came at her with an "almighty elbow to the right shoulder".
The young reporter had gone undercover for ABC's Four Corners programme during an investigation that aired on early this week, exposing widespread corruption in the enrollment of international student and migration sectors.