Another Indian student bashed, racially abused in Melbourne

June 15th, 2009 - 1:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Kevin Rudd Melbourne, June 15 (ANI): Another Indian student has been bashed and racially abused, this time in Melbourne’s east.

According to a report in The Age, Sunny Bajaj, 20, said he was taunted and punched by two men as he was about to get into his car in Boronia on Friday night.

“They came up to me and asked me for money, I told them I had none and then they attacked me,” Bajaj said today.

He said they slammed his car door onto his hand and punched him in the head and stomach and then racially abused him.

“They called me a —-ing Indian c— - why would they do that? I said nothing to them,” the Deakin University student said.

He said his attackers were in their 20s, one was white, while the other appeared to be of African descent.

Bajaj, from New Delhi, suffered a fractured finger, bruising to his back and a blood nose in the attack.

Police are investigating.

Last week, a group of youngsters demonstrated near the Australian Embassy in New Delhi in a show of growing resentment against the ongoing racial attacks on Indian students in Australia.

The protest was organized by the Congress party’s youth wing.

Agitated protesters wanted to handover a memorandum to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd over the ongoing attacks on Indian students.

Protestors held placards and shouted slogans against racism and demanded safety for Indian students. They tried to move towards the Australian Embassy, but were stopped by the police.

Australian authorities insist that the attacks on Indians are not racially motivated, but crime-related.

Indian students believe that the attacks were acts of racism and warned of “curry bashings” in Australia, where foreign students more than 12 billion dollars contribute. (ANI)

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