India takes up racist e-mail issue with Australia

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New Delhi, Oct 9: Ministry of External Affairs has reportedly taken up the issue of the Victorian police's racist e-mails with Australian high commissioner Peter Varghese.

According to sources, India has not only sought an explanation from Mr Varghese on the scandal but has also questioned as to what action has been taken so far.

On the direction of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, the ministry on Saturday, Oct 9 summoned Mr Varghese over the reports of Victorian police officers circulating e-mails and joking about an Indian getting electrocuted.

The Australian media brought to light the racist e-mail scandal of the Victorian police after officers were caught circulating racist and offensive e-mails through the police computer system.

The e-mail contained a video of an Indian passenger on the roof of a train getting electrocuted as he touches the high-tension wires.

Reports state that besides having racist content, the e-mails were pornographic, homophobic, and violent in nature.

The officers were also reportedly found suggesting that it could be "a way to fix the Indian student problem" in Melbourne.

This is the second time this week that the Indian foreign office had to step in over racially offensive comments against Indians.

Mr Krishna's office had on Thursday, Oct 7 summon New Zealand High Commissioner Rupert Holborow over a Kiwi TV anchor's racial remarks against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

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