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Victim 14 in Australia: Studies or safety is family’s dilemma

The flicker of the television briefly highlights the grief in Sushma Bajaj’s eyes.

The flicker of the television briefly highlights the grief in Sushma Bajaj’s eyes. Two days after her son,21-year-old Sunny Bajaj,was attacked in Australia,she cannot decide whether to call him back to India and sacrifice his future or let him stay on in Australia and live under the shadow of fear.

As the attacks on Indians continue in Australia,the family of the latest victim is in a dilemma. “He has already spent two years there,we have to think of his studies as well,” said Sushma.

Sunny is the fourteenth Indian victim of attack in Austraila in less than a month. His family in Shalimar Bagh in Delhi had never anticipated this when they sent him off with dreams of a brighter future.

Sunny’s sister Dimple,who has nicknamed her brother Golu,however has a different take on the issue. “I want Golu to come back now,” she said on Monday. Today,the family maintains that they have to consider his studies as well. “Padai bhi to kharab nahi honi chahiye (His studies should not suffer),” Sushma told Newsline.

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Sunny is pursuing Bachelors of Business Administration in Deakin University in Australia.

Incidentally,Sunny had called home on Saturday night,but did not reveal the news to his family. He informed them only on Sunday evenings. “I wanted to call him because he had an exam staring on Monday. I thought I would wish him luck,” said Sushma. “Now he has missed the exam as well.” Sunny could not appear for the exam because of the injuries.

The Country Director of Deakin University,Ravneet Pawha,however,said the University will take all the necessary steps to ensure Sunny gets a fair chance. “The university will decide whether to go for a re-exam or to give him average marks. We will look after that.”

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Meanwhile,the family spoke to Sunny this morning. “He says he is fine,but we are afraid,” said Sushma.

First published on: 17-06-2009 at 01:40:47 am
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