Victoria’s premier (equivalent to chief minister in India) John Brumby has been under mounting criticism from within and outside his state for his handling of the attacks on Indians and the increasing violence in the state. Brumby tells Outlook about the measures his government has taken to make Victoria safe for Indians.
How many Indian students are there in Victoria?
In 2009, there were more than 1,90,000 international students enrolled in Victorian institutions. Of these, 56,000 were Indian.
Why have the attacks on Indian students increased?
Of the crimes committed in Victoria, a majority are opportunistic street crimes that every city has to contend with. Robbery is the only offence type where Indians are over-represented.
Some say you are in self-denial in not acknowledging the fact that many of these attacks are racially motivated. Is that correct?
I have always had a strong view about protecting rights, a strong...