Spate of Attacks Leave Indian Students on Edge in Australia


Spate of Attacks Leave Indian Students on Edge in Australia

On paper, Australia looks like an ideal choice for young Indians
seeking to further their education. The nation’s vibrant democracy, high educational standards, and a perceived low
crime rate have made it something of a mecca for students from the
sub-continent — with some 93,000 attending courses in everything
from hospitality to engineering.

But over the last few weeks, a disturbing side to Indian student life
down-under has come to light, sparking allegations of widespread racism in Australian society, and a failure by law enforcement authorities to act. The first incident occurred in the early hours of May 24 at a suburban party in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city
in the country’s south. Indian student Sravan Kumar Theerthala, a guest at the birthday party, was confronted by party-crashers, one of whom stabbed him in the head with a screw driver allegedly without provocation.

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