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Waugh calls for calm as another student is attacked

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh has weighed into the debate about international student safety, saying he is “shocked and saddened by the reports about the experiences some Indian students have recently had in Australia,” writes Dheepthi Namasivayam.

world Updated: Jun 13, 2009 01:05 IST
Dheepthi Namasivayam
Dheepthi Namasivayam
Hindustan Times

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh has weighed into the debate about international student safety, saying he is “shocked and saddened by the reports about the experiences some Indian students have recently had in Australia.”

Media reports said that another Indian student was injured in an attack at a mall in Adelaide. The 22-year-old student was left with a bloodied nose and sore jaw after the attack on Thursday, The Advertiser reported on Friday.

Waugh, 44, who has been involved in charity work in India for over a decade, told the Hindustan Times in an email that the “safety and security of any young person in a foreign country is a serious concern and paramount.”

“I appeal to all concerned to bring to an end this unfortunate chain of events,” he urged.

His comments came after a week of nightly student protests in Sydney’s west, which resulted in clashes with the police, reports of retaliation by Indians and an admission on Wednesday by the Victorian police commissioner that some of the attacks were “clearly racist in motivation.”

On Thursday, Indian community leaders in Australia called on students to curb their protesting. “Our two countries have always enjoyed strong and excellent relations, especially through cricket, sport and business.

First Published: Jun 13, 2009 00:51 IST