NEW DELHI: as Shubham gargthe Indian student who was recently stabbed multiple times in Sydney, Australiarecovers in a hospital after undergoing several surgeries, the local Indian community rallies around the family in support.
“His brother is now traveling to Sydney from India after the visa process has been expedited,” Seema Chauhan, a Gold Coast-based registered migration agent, told TOI. She helped Garg’s family with the visa application and travel arrangements.
“During the Covid pandemic, I had been assisting several Indian students and visitors stranded in Australia with their paperwork and so I contacted the family of this young student,” said Chauhan, who immigrated to Australia there. is 24 years old as a student. “This is a unique criminal incident, and students coming to Australia from India and planning to make a successful journey to permanent residency and citizenship after graduation should have no alarm,” he said. she declared.
Chauhan, however, added that students, especially those who recently arrived from India, should follow certain precautions to ensure their safety, especially when going out late at night.
Community leader and Sydney-based cardiologist Dr Yadu Singh, who supports the family, visited Garg in hospital and spoke to him. “The young man was stabbed several times and his injuries were life-threatening; but he remains calm and composed and it is a relief that he is recovering little by little after several operations. I told him and his roommate about the attack and it doesn’t appear to be a hate crime.
He added that authorities at the University of NSW have supported Garg throughout this traumatic time. “In addition, the Indian Consulate General in Sydney and the Australian High Commission in Delhi have also reached out,” Dr Singh said, adding that Garg’s support and goodwill was pouring in from the Indian community across the country. Australia. “We all feel like his surrogate family here and want to help out,” said Singh, who plans to visit Garg in hospital soon.
Ravi Lochan Singh, president of the Association of Australian Education Representatives in India, also believes that while the incident is shocking as such attacks are rare in Sydney, Indian students should not be unnecessarily alarmed. “The attack does not appear to be directed against Garg because he is an Indian student and there is no racial motive. The police were also very quick to arrest the alleged perpetrator who is now in jail,” said Singh, who is based in Sydney.
Gurmeet Tuli, who runs a jewelry store in Sydney and is the chairman of Little India Australia, a cultural and business hub, believes Indian students should be briefed on various local issues before they arrive in Australia. “It was a very brutal attack on a brilliant student from India, who came to the University of New South Wales for a PhD after his masters at IIT Chennai. It is a matter of public order and it is the duty of the police here to protect Indian students and visitors,” tuli said.
He added that there had been reports of attacks on Indians in different towns across Australia recently and it was very alarming for the community. “Steps must be taken to increase awareness of the Indian community and our cultural values ​​in order to increase tolerance towards us,” said Tuli, who spearheaded efforts by Little Business Owners. India, a street in Harris Park, Sydney, to distribute food rations and cooked meals to Indian students and tourists when they were stranded in Australia during the pandemic.
Little India companies also support Indian students with employment opportunities during and after their studies.

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