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'Race not behind attacks'

world Updated: Aug 12, 2011 01:02 IST
Australian Institute of Criminology

Indian students in Australia were robbed more frequently and were more likely to be the victims of assault as compared to other foreign pupils, but race was not the reason for these attacks, an official report said on Thursday.

The 172-page report released by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), which deals with the incidents of assault and robbery crimes against overseas students in Australia between 2005-2009, is a first of its kind against the backdrop of Indian student attack crisis.

The study shows rates of assault against Indian students in Victoria, where half of Indian students reside, were much less than the community average (8.9 per thousand compared with 13.9).

In essence, the study "indicates that international students are less likely or as likely to be victims of physical assault and other theft" as the general population of the country.