`Indians far more safer in Oz than in their own country`

Last Updated: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 20:10

Melbourne: A top Australian police
officer on Monday said Indians were far more safer here than in
their own country, even as New Delhi asked Canberra to take
"all possible steps" to contain assaults on the community.

Simon Overland, Victoria`s Police Chief Commissioner,
said Indians were far more safer in Australia than in their
own country.

"Look at the data. Indians are safer in this country
than they are in their own country," Overland told a group of
reporters.

His comments came as the 21-year old Indian migrant
Nitin Garg, who was stabbed here last week, was cremated in
his home town near Ludhiana.

In a strong message, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister
Vayalar Ravi today asked Australia to take "all possible
steps" to contain assaults on Indians, saying it was their
"primary responsibility".

Ravi said Australia will have to convince the Indian
government and the people of this country about steps taken to
protect Indian citizens.

Meanwhile, acting Foreign Minister Simon Crean also
said he does not believe that racism is on the rise in
Australia.

Crean said Australia is a tolerant and anti-racist
society, but there is no guarantee everyone subscribes to
those values.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 20:10

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