May 2009 witnessed five separate incidents of Indians beaten up in Australia and overall 12 such incidents were reported in the same year. Even after huge protests in Australia by Indians, the attacks did not come to a halt in the following years as well, with a number of incidents being reported.
The recent attack on Manrajwinder Singh over the weekend at Princess Bridge in Birrarung Marr park in Melbourne has once again reflected the miserable treatment of Indians in Australia. The Indian government has only raised concerns over Indians beaten up in Australia in the past, but no strict measures have taken place. Natwar Singh, former foreign minister said, ''Our Indian High Commission in Australia should take up such issues.''
The Indian government has not taken up this issue on such a scale as that of the recent Devyani Khobragade case, where India took on the high-handedness of the US. Natwar Singh considers both the cases to be different. Understandably so. But Natwar Singh was ''shocked'' when he heard about the recent incident, where Manrajwinder Singh was kicked and beaten by eight men and one woman, who was in a state of coma at the Alfred hospital, Melbourne. Some of the attackers have been arrested.
''These are racial attacks,'' said Natwar Singh. But one fails to understand as to why are only Indians attacked in a country, where there are a number of immigrants from other countries as well. People from other countries may also be attacked but we are not aware of it, added Singh. But, there is no denying the fact that India is one of the worst sufferers in Australia, primarily students, just considering the attacks on Indians in the past five years.
''Such racial attacks are a poor reflection of some parts of the Australian society. Somebody must control the hoodlums who are dunk and attack people,'' added Singh.