Melbourne: Shravan Kumar cannot see too well yet and has just begun to carry out his daily chores on his own. But close to a year after the 26-year-old had a screwdriver driven into his head by racist attackers, Kumar has something to cheer about. "I am doing well now and the Australian government has granted me permanent residency," he said, adding his focus is now on resuming his automotive engineering course.
Getting back to normal, however, is easier said than done. Kumar, whose comatose images last year shocked Indians at home and abroad, is still recovering from the injuries received in May last year when a group of teens had attacked him with a screwdriver which pierced through his brain, damaging his vision.
He said he was delighted that he now had a PR status, which he received last week, and would be entitled to all benefits available. Shravan, who remained comatose for 15 days after the attack which also left three of his Indian friends injured, said he was now managing most of his daily chores after months of rehabilitation.
Kumar had landed in Australia three years ago. "I have not been able to finish my course as I am still on the recovery path," he said. He still has over six months of his course left and has not yet decided on future plans. "I don`t venture out on my own yet," Shravan said, referring to his vision problem, but adds that he is keen to fulfil his ambition of becoming an automotive engineer.
Despite the residency status, though, he is not sure he will stay back. "I don`t know. I have not discussed the issue of staying back for good with my family. I will only decide when I recover fully," he said.