Sunday, February 7, 2010

Now, Nepali student attacked Down Under

Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, February 07, 2010

A 30-year-old Nepali student is battling for life in a Sydney hospital after he was brutally attacked by two teenagers on January 31.

Although reports of alleged racial attacks on Indian students have been getting highlighted, this is the first instance of any Nepali student attacked in Australia.

According to a report in Saturday’s The Daily Telegraph, a Sydney newspaper, Bepin Shrestha was attacked from behind around 4:30 am when he was on way to his cleaning job at three shops.

A student of accountancy, Bepin used to do cleaning work in the Dee Why’s shopping district, before attending classes. In the afternoon, he used to resume his cleaning work and continue till 10:30 pm.

The report doesn’t give any detail of the college where he is studying or about his place of origin in Nepal.

It mentions that the two attackers, one 19 and the other 17, (who have been arrested) beat Bepin to the ground and punched and stomped on his head and body before fleeing the scene.

However, there is no mention of the motive behind the attack. Another report quoting a local police officer stated that it could have been unprovoked and didn’t involve robbery.

Bepin who is now in induced coma at the Royal North Shore Hospital sustained fractures to his cheeks and eye sockets and extensive swelling, lacerations and bruises in the attack. His brain was bleeding heavily when he reached the hospital.

According to estimates, at present there are nearly 17,000 Nepali citizens in Australia, most of them students in the country’s colleges and universities


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