Racist e-mail scandal disappointing: Gilchrist

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2010, 22:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist on Saturday termed the racist e-mail scandal involving his country`s police officers “very disappointing”, but claimed that Indian students Down Under are “positive” about their stay.

“If it (racist e-mail) is a recent news, as we will try to find it out, and if it is proven to be correct then it is very disappointing,” Gilchrist said.

The cricketer said the Australian government has taken up the recent racial incidents against Indians “seriously”.

“It needs to be taken seriously. Our government and the education sector have certainly addressed it. Indian students there have been very positive about being in Australia and on (university) campuses. They feel safe,” Gilchrist told a news channel.

Ministry of External Affairs today summoned Australian High Commissioner Peter Varghese and sought an explanation on the issue in which top Victorian police officers have been caught in a racist e-mail scandal joking about the electrocution of an Indian train passenger.

Gilchrist said Australia is trying to ensure that no racial incident occur. “We have to work together to try and ensure that these incidents do not re-occur. I think we are trying to do that.”

PTI