A young Indian journalist,who went undercover to reveal migration and education scams in Australia that try to defraud international students including those from India,was threatened and attacked by unidentified persons here.
The woman,a reporter with ABC TV,was threatened during the making of the programme Four Corners and was attacked over the weekend. A spokesperson of the ABC Network said the reporter was safe. He,however,refused to divulge the identity of the woman scribe and other details citing security reasons.
In an article on its website,ABC said the reporter went to two different migration agents posing as a customer wanting to pass an English Language Test and told them that she was willing to buy a fake work certificate. She was told she could get both if she paid between $3,000 and $5,000,” the report said.
The attack assumes significance in the wake of a series of racially-motivated attacks on Indian students in Australian cities.
“The incident is being investigated. We are not suggesting that education agents or the colleges identified in the programme are behind the incident,” the ABC spokesperson said.
Reacting to the attack,Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said he had sought a report on the incident from the Indian High Commission in Australia.
We are very much concerned about the frequent attacks against Indian-origin people in Australia. We are taking it very seriously. We are in touch with the High Commission. After getting the report,we will take up the matter appropriately,” he told The Indian Express.