New Delhi, Nov.12 (ANI): Describing the recent racial attacks on Indian students down under as 'disgusting', visiting Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday said the attacks has left him deeply disturbed.
"I am deeply disturbed and disgusted by attacks on Indian in Australia," Rudd said.
Rudd, who arrived here last night on a two-day visit, assured that such incidents would not be repeated in future.
" Law agencies would ensure that such incidents won't happen again," he said.
" Full force of law enforcement will be used to make guilty pay," Rudd added.
This is probably the first time that the Australian Premiere has publicly admitted the attacks as 'racial', which until now has been denied by the Australian leadership.
Over a dozen Indian students have been attacked and beaten brutally across Australia in the last six months, which New Delhi has condemned vehemently demanding a proper probe in all the incidents.
Barely 48 hours before Rudd's much touted India tour, two more Indian students were attacked in Melbourne.
According to reports, the attackers allegedly told the students to return home as they did not belong to Australia.
Rudd is the most senior member of the government to tread the path to India after an outcry over the treatment of Indian students in Australia.
Education is Australia's third biggest export, bringing in over 15 billion dollars each year. India sends the second largest number of students to Australia after China but there are fears that figure could take a hit after recent events. (ANI)