It has been a long ordeal for Manrajwinder Singh and his family. The latest victim of targeted attack on Indians in Melbourne was released from hospital over two months after he was admitted in intensive care for injuries he sustained in a brutal attack.
Police released CCTV footage which shows the 20-year-old being punched in the face and beaten with a stick by teenagers. Police say the attackers were a part of a gang ‘KYR’ or Kill Your Rivals.
Manrajwinder’s shocked family doesn’t know whether to stay back in Australia or move back to India. Doctors say it will take at least a year for him to recover. His younger brother Yadwinder Singh, also a citizen of Australia, says the attack has forced him to think if it is a safe country. “I will be staying here till the treatment of my brother, but after that, I may just decide to leave Australia,” says Yadwinder.
But this is not an isolated case. Manrajwinder’s attack was the latest in a series of attacks on Indians in 2009 and 2010 that triggered massive protests by the community. Australia – and Melbourne city in particular – was accused of being racist and unsafe.
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This article would leave one with the impression that Singh was attacked by white Australians. In fact, as the footage shows, they were black. I guess diversity is not our strength after all.
I only know this because it was posted on Gary Rumain‘s site in December, here.