Sydney, Jan 4: A day after the brutal killing of the Indian student in Melbourne hit the headlines, Australia has condemned the fatal attack.
"I obviously unreservedly condemn this attack," said Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
"This is a nation that welcomes international students. We want to make them welcome, this is a welcoming and accepting country," Gillard said, raising concern over how these attacks are severely damaging the country's multi-million dollar foreign student sector.
On Saturday, Jan 2, 21-year-old Nitin Garg, hailing from the Indian state of Punjab, was stabbed to death.
Describing the murder as 'vicious', the police said that the motive behind the act was unknown.
India expressed shock as the incident came to light on Sunday, Jan 3. The External Affairs Minister SM Krishna warned Australia of serious 'bearing' on the bilateral ties if the attacks against Indians down under doesn't stop.
"The brutal attack on the Indian student is strongly condemnable. I call on the Australian authorities to speedily bring to book persons responsible for the crime," Mr Krishna said.