Hobart, March 27: Day by day hate crimes against Indians are increasing after an Indian based in Australia was allegedly attacked by a group of teens who racially abused him in a restaurant in Hobart, Tasmania. A 33-year old Li Max Joy, who hails from Kerala, is a taxi driver and currently pursuing nurse course was assaulted by group of teenagers on Saturday.
Li Max Joy said that "On my way back home I had dropped in at the eatery to use the toilet. I dropped my plan to have a coffee as I saw a group of youngsters arguing with the store manager. As I went to my car and took out my jacket from the boot of the car, the group of four boys and a girl came out. The youngster walking in front was continuously abusing the store manager and when he saw me started shouting at me saying - You black Indian. Even before I could realize what was happening, the person punched me on my face twice. The others joined him and I lost count of the punches I received. Though I ran into the store, one of them held on to my shirt and was continuously punching.”
The group of teenagers hurled at Li Max abusing him by saying ‘You bloody black Indians.’ After he reported this to the police he received a call on Sunday morning and was called up in police station. Max said that "I waited there for around one hour and there was neither a cameraman nor were they interested in attending my case. I told them that I am a victim and do not treat me as a criminal. In an hour, the cops attended to me and I am now waiting for the results of further action," he added.
Li Max said that there were no serious efforts from the Australian authorities and hence he sought for help from External Affairs Ministry Sushma Swaraj. Joy said, "I will stand till my last breath to make sure they will be punished under the Australian law."
Joy was taken to Royal Hobart Hospital as he was bleeding. A CAT scan and X-rays were carried out to see if he had suffered any internal injuries. Li expressed his disgust saying that “the racial mood is definitely changing. It is continuous now. Many other drivers have been abused, but not everyone reports it to the police.” Earlier an Indian origin Catholic priest was stabbed in neck at Church by a man who found him unqualified to say mass.