India asks its students in Australia to concentrate on studies rather than retaliate

June 9th, 2009 - 3:50 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 9 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday urged Indian students studying in Australia to concentrate on their studies and exercise restraint rather than retaliate.

Krishna said, the government had got assurance from the Australian authorities that full care will be taken about safety of Indian students on its soil.

“I would like our Indian students to be patient, they should be restrained. They have gone there to pursue higher studies. They should concentrate on that rather than retaliate. We have the fullest assurance from the Australian Government that care will be taken about the Indian students’ safety. In the light of that assurance, I would like them to concentrate on their studies,” Krishna said.

Adding to the series of ongoing ‘racist’ attacks, a 23-year-old Indian student Kamaljit was beaten up for the second time in a fortnight by a group of youths in Melbourne.

The latest attack makes Kamaljit the 11th person of Indian community to have suffered assault in last one month in Australia.

On Sunday, an Indian student in western suburb of the city found Kamaljit lying unconscious and bleeding. The latest attack on Kamaljit was second in less than two weeks.

The Australian Government had last week announced setting up of a Task Force headed by the National Security Adviser to deal with such violence.

According to reports, Indian students have formed groups to patrol troubled areas in Melbourne to protest against the attacks. They were asked by the Australian police to stop the practice and let them do their jobs. (ANI)

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