Indian students in Australia turned out in thousands in Melbourne to protest against the racial attacks on Indian students including an 25-year-old Shravan Kumar of Andhra Pradesh, who is battling for life in a local hospital.
The peace rally was organised by bodies like Federation of Indian Students in Australia (FISA) and National Union of Students (NUS). The protest rally started off on Sunday from outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where Shravan Kumar is in a critical condition after being stabbed by a screwdriver by a group of teens on Sunday last.
The protestors claimed that the violent attacks on Indians in Australia are racially motivated. The rally had been called off in the evening. The Melbourne police have arrested 18 protesting students.
Anita Nayyar, Indian Consulate General in Melbourne, said that there had been constant discussions with the Australian authorities with regard to the safety and security of Indian students.
Last week, Dr Manmohan Singh spoke to his Australian counterpart regarding the continuing attacks on Indian students in Australia.
Indian students protest racist attacks in Australia