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Two Indian students in Australia charged for sexual assault

Two Indian students have been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl as she slept on a train from Melbourne.

world Updated: Sep 06, 2009 14:36 IST

Two Indian students have been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl as she slept on a train from Melbourne.

Sukhjinder Singh, 22, and Amarjit Singh, 28, are accused of attacking the girl in her seat as the train travelled through southern New South Wales, police said adding that the two have been refused bail.

The girl woke up as the men began to restrain her about 3am on Wednesday on the Melbourne to Sydney train.

"The girl was then allegedly sexually assaulted before she broke free and sought assistance from rail staff," police said in a statement.

Rail staff contacted police, who met the train at Goulburn railway station.

The two Indians, who are in Australia on student visas, did not enter a plea during the brief hearing, but police said they had been charged with aggravated sexual assault.

The matter was adjourned until September 16, when they are expected to apply for bail.

The girl, from Gosford on the NSW Central Coast, received treatment at Goulburn Hospital and had been offered counselling, police said.