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Attack on Indian students: Australian official to visit India

world Updated: May 28, 2009 21:10 IST

In the wake of the attacks on Indian students in the country, an Australian police officer is to travel to India to brief prospective students on avoiding street violence in Australia, media reports said.

Police community liaison officer Senior Constable Victor Robb said that his advice would mainly cover "safety strategy tips", Radio Australia reported on Thursday.

"Probably much the same sort of information I would give my own daughter if she was going overseas," Robb said.

Shravan Kumar, a student from Andhra Pradesh, who was attacked by a group of teenagers over the weekend in Melbourne, is at present battling for life in a hospital.

The report quoted Andrew Holloway, Victoria University's vice-president for international students, as saying that the attacks were not racist, but reflect the fact that Indian students often have part-time jobs and hence have to use public transport late at night.

Representatives of Indian students in Australia would meet Indian High Commissioner to Australia Sujatha Singh on Thursday.

Australia has about 400,000 foreign students, with a large proportion from the Indian subcontinent.