2nd Racial Crime On NRIs In Australia In A Week
Melbourne: Li Max Joy, a 33-year old nursing student and a part- time taxi driver was assaulted on Saturday at a restaurant in Hobart city in Australia by teenagers who indulged in racial slurs.
The teenagers shouted “you bloody black Indians’ before attacking the immigrant from Kerala. On March 19, a Catholic priest was stabbed at a church when he was in Sunday mass. He also migrated from Kerala. Two incidents of hate crime in one week have sent jitters among the Indian community living in Australia.
Joy, who is from Puthuppally village in Kottayam district of Kerala, said he went to a McDonald’s restaurant for a coffee. There was a group of four teenage boys and a girl who were having an argument with an employee. Soon they started calling Joy names and attacked him. When the restaurant representatives called the police, the group left. After some time the group returned and assaulted Joy who was at the car parking area. They followed hi into a store and kept beating him. Joy said the youngsters were angry with the restaurant and they took it out on him.
Joy was admitted in a hospital where he was treated for bleeding wounds. CAT scan and X-Ray was done to check if there are any internal injuries. On being discharged from the hospitals, joy has registered a complaint with the police.