31 May : Outraged over the spate of racial attacks in Australia, hundreds of Indian students on Sunday took out a massive rally at Melbourne demanding justice for the victims of recent assaults.The ‘peace rally’ organized by bodies like Federation of Indian Students in Australia (FISA) and National Union of Students kicked off from outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where Kumar is in a critical condition in the intensive care unit after being stabbed by a screwdriver by a group of teens on Sunday last.
From the hospital, the marchers proceeded to the Victorian Parliament in Spring Street, where they shouted slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
"We want justice for the victims of racist violence," demanded the students, who also displayed placards carrying messages like ‘Save our Students’ and ‘Stop Racist Violence’.
Police were present in strength to maintain law and order as the rally led to traffic diversion at the Spring Street, which was completely blocked by the demonstrators who hoped to meet the Victorian Parliamentarians to put forward their demands.
Reacting to the students’ rally, Indian Consul General in Melbourne, Anita Nayar, described it as freedom of expression.