Indian student attacked for the second time in Melbourne

June 8th, 2009 - 11:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, June 8 (ANI): Adding to the series of ongoing ‘racist’ attacks, a 23-year-old Indian student 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.

Previously, he was pelted with eggs by several masked men after getting off a late-night train at St. Albans station in western suburb.

“It is very bad because we pay a lot of money and we are living far away from our country and from our families and we are without protection,” an Australian newspaper quoted Jit as saying on Monday.

Jit stated, as he walked home at about 1:40 am on Sunday, he noticed three men acting suspiciously in a car. He tried to avoid them. But he then saw two men coming out of it near a pizza shop while another waited in the car.

“The two guys pushed me to the ground and I was hit on the head, I think with a steel rod,” Jit stated to the newspaper.

Jit received seven stitches from doctors, for suffered a blow on his head by assailants. After treatment, he said he didn’t want to live in the suburb any longer.

However, Jit’s friends said the attack was the sixth or seventh over the past week on the Indian students and demanded for extra police protection at the suburb of St Albans station at night.

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

On Sunday, hundreds of Indian students took out a rally in Sydney to protest against the attacks. Apart from Indians there were students from other countries at the rally who voiced their concerns about the racial violence and demanded police to be alert to prevent such incidents from happening again. (ANI)

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