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Hindu priest gets 2 yrs suspended sentence for indecent assaults on two women, could be deported

By our legal reporter

Melbourne: A former Hindu priest of the Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple, Carrum Downs faces deportation to Sri Lanka after being convicted of indecent assault by Magistrate Ross Betts of the Frankston Magistrate Court.
The verdict came after many court hearings, indignation in the community and attempts to reach an out of court settlement failed. The priest does not work in the Shiva Vishnu Temple anymore and was last rumoured to be working outside Melbourne.
A report in the Frankston Standard Leader (June 6, 2011) Says: “ Premakanthan Rajaratnamsarma,64, was a priest at the Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple, Carrum Downs, when he was approached by a 23 year old venerable and struggling woman for prayer and blessings from a priest.”
“Leading Sen-Constable Bronwyn Martin said Rajaratnasarma invited the woman to his unit on the temple grounds.”
‘‘The defendant then did the victim’s horoscope and took her to a different part of the house where he began blessing her with prayer powder,’’ Sen-Constable Martin told the court.
“During the blessing he indecently t ouched t he woman’s groin, breasts and buttocks. The court heard a second woman complained to police after he did the same to her in April, 2009.”
‘‘The defendant approached the 28-year-old victim . . . and, on finding out she wasn’t having much success in her life, invited her to see her horoscope,’’ Sen-Constable Martin said. After indecently assaulting her in his unit, he tried to kiss her”’ the report says.
‘‘The victim was shocked and became visibly upset and couldn’t stop crying. She felt dirty and violated,’’ the court heard.
According to the report,Magistrate Ross Betts described Rajaratnasarma’s actions as a ‘‘serious betrayal of trust’’.
Premakanthan Rajaratnamsarma’s defence lawyer Mary Baczynski told the court her client had lost his job and his home since being charged. ‘‘He was granted refugee residency and now has permanency status, but this could be in jeopardy now and he could be deported,’’ she said.
After taking into account health issues and the guilty plea, Magistrate Ross Betts sentenced him to 18 months’ jail, wholly suspended for two years.

India wants a strong & democratic Pakistan: S. M. Krishna

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne: India’s Foreign Minister has said the country was engaging China and its foreign policy was not Pakistan centric. He said India wanted a strong and democratic Pakistan and certain bilateral issues are held up because Pakistan was not cooperating in the Mumbai terrorist attacks issue. Mr. Krishna was replying to a question by South Asia Times (SAT), leading South Asian paper in Australia.
Mr. Krishna also told SAT he had raised issues related to Indian overseas students in Australia and was assured by Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd of full cooperation in the matter.

Meanwhile, Australia said it will “continue to discuss” with India its “differences” on whether to export Australian uranium for India’s civil nuclear purposes. The decision will take place “within the framework” of the “strategic partnership” that Australia established with India in 2009, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd told a media conference after talks with the External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna in Melbourne on Thursday.

The two leaders reviewed bilateral ties and discussed international issues under a bilateral “framework dialogue.”

Mr. Krishna was assisted by Secretary (East) Latha Reddy, High Commissioner Sujatha Singh and Adviser Raghavendra Shastry.

The Australian Foreign Minister also raised the issue of the non-payment of bills to its companies by the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC).

“It has been brought to my notice and I will go back to India and take it up with the sports ministry,” Krishna said and the Australian minister expressed satisfaction over the assurance.

“We are comfortable about the Indian government’s response… These matters are well in hand,” Rudd said.

Later during a media conference with the South Asian/Indian media Mr. S. M. Krishna on a question by South Asia Times (SAT) said India was engaging China and its foreign policy was not just Pakistan centric. He said India wanted a strong and democratic Pakistan and certain bilateral issues are held up because Pakistan was not cooperating in the Mumbai terrorist attacks issue.

Mr. Krishna also met a large number of members of the Indian diaspora in Melbourne.

Earlier, Mr. S. M. Krishna has arrived here on a three- day visit today. Mr Krishna is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson. His talks with Mr. Kevin Rudd will be the seventh round of the framework dialogue between the two countries.

- With inputs from other media also.

Indian student in Australia tries to end life, safe in hospital

St. Albans station

By our correspondent

Melbourne: An Indian overseas student (name withheld) tried to take his own life by jumping in front of a running train in the Western suburbs. The incident took place on the early morning of 4th December, 2010 at the St. Albans metro station. The station comes under the jurisdiction of the Sunshine Police Station. The student was later admitted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he is being treated.
The student, from Ludhiana, Punjab had finished his course in Melbourne from an unnamed college and his application for Permanent Residency (PR) was rejected by the Immigration Department about six months back.
The ex-student has been speaking a bit from his hospital bed, a reliable source told the South Asia Times.