NEW DELHI: India on Saturday summoned Australian High Commissioner over the racist slurs by top Australian police officials, terming such an attitude as “shocking “ and a “matter of serious concern”, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The External Affairs Ministry summoned Australian envoy Peter Verghese and sought an explanation about a racist e-mail scandal, involving top Australian police officials who were joking about the electrocution of an Indian train passenger and suggesting that it could be “a way to fix the Indian student problem” in Melbourne.
Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna told the media in the southern city of Bangalore: “Implication of police officers in such behaviour, specially vis-a vis Indian community in Australia, is shocking and a matter of serious concern. Such attitude has no place in any society. We understand investigations are already underway.”
The minister said: “We sincerely hope that apart from taking action against concerned officials, Australian authorities will also take necessary and effective measures to address concerns about safety of all people of Indian origin in Australia.”
High Commissioner Peter Varghese has described the incident as “unacceptable.”
“This is an email which is offensive... it is unacceptable and it is completely contrary to the principles of respect and tolerance we seek to embed in Australian society,” he told the media after meeting Indian officials. -- Bernama