We’ve known racist attacks on Indians for 2 yrs: Oz police

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 15:09

Melbourne: Victoria`s top cop on Wednesday said crime against Indians was a problem which was noticed by police two years ago.

Indians are over-represented in robbery statistics and there is a racist element to some attacks, Chief Commissioner Simon Overland said, according to media reports here.

"There is no question, regardless of the motives, Indian students have to a degree been targeted in robberies and that is not okay," he said.

"We recognised this problem a long time before it hit the public. We have known for two years that there has been this issue and we have been working away, at a number of levels around engaging with students, trying to make them understand the risks and how they keep themselves safe."

Overland said police had detailed data on attacks involving Indians and said that while Indians were over represented when it came to robberies, the same could not be said for assaults.

About 50 percent of assaults on Indians occurred in
their workplace, mostly involving taxi drivers and convenience
store clerks, he said.

Overland said some of the attacks were racist.

"I have said from day one undoubtedly some of these
attacks have a racist motive or there is racist elements to
these attacks," he said adding regardless of who they are,
what they are, what colour they are, what occupation they are,
my job is to make the state as safe as I can for everyone.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 15:09

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