By news bureau
Melbourne, Feb 7: Victoria’s Police Commissioner Simon Overland has been slammed by Indians for advising Indian students living in Australia that they should not work as taxi drivers and should look as poor as you can to avoid being assaulted. The comments were made by the top cop at an international students safety forum attended by about 150 people in the city on Saturday.
However, Federation of Indian Students of Australia spokesperson Gautam Gupta blasted the advice, saying that Indians should not have to look poor to feel safe. What is he saying’ Indians don’t have the right to be rich’ and if they look rich, do they maybe have to get bashed’ on one hand, everyone should look poor. On the other, don’t live in poor areas. I don’t understand, The Age quoted Gupta, as saying.
He further said that taxi drivers had a right to feel safe no matter what their nationality is. Its a workplace. Every workplace should be safe. I think it’s a ridiculous idea. It is blaming the worker. It is blaming the victim, Gupta said.