Rudd urges Indians to abide by law
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has responded to an activist’s encouragement for Indian community to retaliate against racial attacks by urging the community to abide by the law. “The laws are there for a purpose and that is for all citizens to adhere to them,” said Rudd.
Yesterday on ABC Radio, writer and activist Farrukh Dhondy said the community should stand against last weekend’s attack on four Indian men in Victoria, believed to be racially-motivated: “There really has to be some form of retaliation from the Indian community as a whole. India has to stand up.”
Victorian Premier John Brumby admitted events over the past few months “have damaged our brand and the Australian brand in India” and is scheduled to visit India next week to patch the relationship. Ruptures would threaten the state’s multibillion-dollar education sector.
The Federation of Indian Students in Australia president Amit Menghani said promises that the law would protect them were as yet unfulfilled: “People are still being bashed, people are still being abused, people are still subject to racist comments. Police promised a zero-tolerance approach but, as far as students are concerned, that has not happened.”