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Attack on Indian students: NRI parents’ body wants Oz to take responsibility

City-based NRI Parents’ Organisation (NRIPO) and its counterpart in Baroda have written to the Prime Minister’s Office...

Written by Aaditi Jathar | Pune |
June 5, 2009 11:08:33 am

City-based NRI Parents’ Organisation (NRIPO) and its counterpart in Baroda have written to the Prime Minister’s Office,External Affairs Ministry and Australian Embassy in Delhi suggesting that Australia must take responsibility of the attacks and provide free medical treatment to the victims.

The letter sent to the offices on May 31 reads: “the government of the country where Indian students are attacked (Australia) must accept the responsibility of the security of students coming from India and they should not only provide free medical treatment but invite parents of the concerned students as their guests and arrange for their stay as long as the students fully recover.”

This is one of the four suggestions forwarded to the concerned offices,said Nandkumar Swadi,president,NRIPO,on Wednesday. The other suggestions include registration of students with the respective embassy in India and holding compulsory orientation courses for students travelling abroad. “Students must get an orientation programme and the cultural attaché in the Indian Embassy should get involved in the same,” the letter states.

“Around 1,800 parents of NRIs,who are members of NRIPO-Pune and Baroda,have extended their support to this correspondence,” Swadi said. The suggestions have been framed mutually by Global Organisation of Parents of Indian Origin (GOPIO)-Australia,NRI Parents Association (NRIPA)-Baroda and NRIPO-Pune.

Meanwhile,Amarinder Bajwa,national coordinator of GOPIO,Australia,has asserted that the organisation conducts enlightening seminars from time to time in Sydney and guide students in engaging with the local authorities. “We have plans to increase such awareness campaigns. We are also approaching the ministers and authorities to cooperate on the same,” he said.

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