Speaking to a TV news channel, Varghese said, "I certainly accept that our image in India has taken a beating. I don't think that if you go through the intensity of the negative media coverage in India and not take a damage."
He said if the perception in India being conveyed was that Australia was an unsafe country that would surely do the damage. "It worries me," he said.
Varghese said the Australia had taken steps including increase in police patrolling, doubling the size of anti-robbery squads and changes in legislation to deal with incidents of urban crime.
He further said that relations between the two governments were strong.