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Indian racially abused, assaulted in Australia

This June 2009 file photo shows Indian students in Sydney rallying against racism after a series of attacks that year. Nearly eight years since, not much seems to have changed for the Indian diaspora in Australia with xenophobic attacks continuing to get reported at regular intervals.

This June 2009 file photo shows Indian students in Sydney rallying against racism after a series of attacks that year. Nearly eight years since, not much seems to have changed for the Indian diaspora in Australia with xenophobic attacks continuing to get reported at regular intervals.  

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Li Max Joy, hailing from Kottayam, faced xenophobic slurs and was beaten up by five teenagers at a restaurant.

An Indian man was allegedly assaulted by a group of teenagers who hurled racial abuses at him at a restaurant in Australia’s Hobart.

Li Max Joy, who is pursuing a nursing course and working as a part time taxi driver in Australia, alleged that five people including a girl hurled racial abuses like “you bloody black Indians” at him and assaulted him up at the McDonald’s restaurant at North Hobart.

Mr. Joy (33), who hails from Puthuppally in Kottayam district in Kerala, told PTI that the incident took place when he went to the restaurant for a coffee after returning from a trip. He alleged that the five accused were arguing with a worker inside the store but soon turned their attention to him the moment they noticed him.

When others in the restaurant telephoned police, the attackers left, but they returned later and assaulted him again.

Hospitalised

Mr. Joy was admitted to Royal Hobart Hospital with bleeding wounds and a CAT scan and X-rays were carried out to see if he had suffered any internal injuries.

He was later discharged from hospital and he reported the incident to police.

“They were angry at the McDonald’s staff but turned their anger on me in the car park and then inside the store,” he said.

‘Racism is continuous now’

Mr. Joy, who has been living in Hobart for last eight years, was quoted as saying by Australian media that “the racial mood is definitely changing. It is continuous now. Many other drivers have been abused but not everyone reports it to the police.” He has sought intervention of External Affairs Ministry to ensure punishment to the accused.

He alleged that there was no serious efforts from the authorities to bring the accused before justice.

Meanwhile, Kottayam Lok Sabha MP Jose K. Mani condemned the incident and has said he will raise the issue with the External Affairs Ministry on Monday.

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