Indian student attacked in Australia

June 12th, 2009 - 2:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Adelaide, June 12 (IANS) An Indian student was injured in an attack at a mall in this Australian city, media reports said Friday.
The 22-year-old student was left with a “bloodied nose and sore jaw” after the attack Thursday, The Advertiser reported Friday.

The student, who requested not to be identified, said that he had been walking through Rundle Mall with friends when the attacker hit him on his turban leading to a fight, the report said.

Police arrested a 17-year-old youth early Friday in connection with the incident and he has been bailed to appear in the Adelaide Youth Court.

Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia. South Australia’s Premier Mike Rann condemned the attack and called it “a disgrace”. “We will not tolerate any form of racism,” Rann said.

The incident comes after a spate of attacks on Indian students in Melbourne in the neighbouring state of Victoria. At least 11 Indians have been attacked or mugged in Australia in the past month.

Indian students in Sydney and Melbourne have held rallies over the attacks and asked for an inquiry into exploitation of students by landlords, employers and training organisations.

There are over 27,000 international students in South Australia and international education brings more than $740 million annually to the state.

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