The Indian community in Adelaide, south Australia, is living under the shadow of terror these days, with increasing incidents of apparently racially-motivated bashings at night by roaming gangs of youths.
In the last six months, there have been 10 such attacks, with eight of the victims being of Indian origin, including students. Police admit they have little information about the gang(s) of teenagers attacking Indians in Adelaide's inner northern suburbs.
In most cases, the attackers, generally young men, demanded money from their victims before assaulting them.
"The bashings might deter foreign students from coming to Adelaide," said the treasurer of the multicultural communities council, Dilip Chirmuley, to ABC Online.
Last Wednesday, in the most serious attack so far, a subway employee, Mihir Parakh, was hospitalised after being bashed with sticks by around five men.
A police officer is quoted as telling newspaper Australian that it was not known if the same gang was responsible for all the attacks or if they were deliberately targeting Indians.
All of the attacks occurred in darkness, before midnight.
"I've no doubt that the method that's being used would be very intimidating and very scary to the victims involved," the officer was quoted as saying.
"There's certainly an over representation of members of the Indian community who are victims. We're treating the incidents very seriously and that's why we've got a significant police presence in the area," the officer added.