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Race row: Aussie cops joke about Indian’s electrocution
MEA Summons Oz Envoy To Protest Bias Against Indians
TIMES NEWS NETWORK By Jimmy.D G special report from Delhi
New Delhi: After a New Zealand TV anchor rattled Indians earlier this week, the attention is now back to Australia. A day after the Australian media reported that two policemen in Victoria exchanged emails that were racially offensive to Indians, the foreign office issued yet another strongly worded protest.
Australian high commissioner Peter Varghese was called in to the MEA on Saturday and a demarche issued to him. MEA spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said, “It was conveyed to him that such an entrenched bias among sections of law enforcers towards the Indian community is a matter of serious concern. Such behaviour had no place in any society.”
He added, “It was hoped that the Australian authorities would take necessary measures to address concerns regarding the safety of people of Indian origin.”
Varghese himself said he was disgusted by the reports. “It was contrary to the principles of respect and tolerance, which underpinned Australian society,” Varghese said.
The commissioner of police, Victoria, Simon Overland, was reported as saying that the two individuals had resigned and that strong disciplinary action would be taken against them. Overland said, “The Victoria police are incredibly disappointed with the actions of these two individuals, following all the positive work being undertaken with the Indian community.’’
The emails, reported in an Australian newspaper, shows video footage of a man being killed after touching overhead wires while standing on top of a crowded train in India. According to the media report, one of the alleged comments added to the email was: “This might be a way to fix the Indian student problem.’’
Over the past year, Indian students have been the target of a number of attacks in Australia, particularly Victoria. Some of them were believed to be racially motivated. However, this had a disastrous effect on Australia's education industry.