Japan-based Australian offers to fly parents to see injured Indian student

June 3rd, 2009 - 3:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, June 3 (ANI): An Australian working in Japan has said that he is prepared to pay the airfare from India to Australia for the parents of a student who was critically injured when stabbed with a screwdriver at a party in Melbourne last month.

Matthew Patrick, who works in banking in Tokyo, said this gesture should be seen as an expression of goodwill that was needed to mend the harm done on Indian students so far.

He read that the distraught parents of Shravan Kumar, 25, from Hyderabad, were too poor to visit him in the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he is in the high dependency unit.

“I think there should be some goodwill shown here and this is just a simple gesture,” Patrick said from Japan.

“I was talking to my best mate, who is Indian, about it over a drink and it would help show that all Australians are not like that.”

He said he was happy to make the donation to help out the family and hoped his action would prompt a further response from the state or federal governments.

The Age forwarded the contact details of Kumar’s cousin Lakshmi Narafimha to Patrick in Japan.

Narafimha said he was delighted with the offer.

He said Kumar was in a poor condition and did not recognise his relatives who were at his bedside.

Kumar’s uncle, Srinivasu Therthala, who has travelled to Melbourne from India said the student’s parents and his brother and sister were struggling to come to terms with what had happened to him in what they believed was one of the safest countries in the world. (ANI)

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