Parents seek UN intervention
Worried over increasing racial attacks, parents in Orissa of Indian students studying in Australia, have sought the intervention of UN to prevent such incidents.
"The UN must intervene as such incidents may take place in other countries where Indian students are doing extremely well," said D C Dagara, whose son is studying for a MBA degree at Adelaide.
Stating that all the 16 students from Orissa including a girl in Australia were safe, the parents attributed the attacks to financial recession.
"Though there is racial discrimination in Australia, it had never taken a violent turn till recession hit the country," an Oriya student from Deakin university said over phone.
Besides Australia, there were thousands of Indian students in the United States, Canada, Russia and in European countries.
"We feel Indian students in other countries may also face a similar situation," he said.
Sripati Mishra, a MBA student at Victoria University, called up home to inform that he was safe, but his parents nevertheless were anxious.
The family of Anuska, a girl student of interior design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, were similarly concerned.
The parents whose children were studying in other countries were also worried.
They thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for taking up the matter with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd.