Australia: Victoria assures Indians' safety

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Melbourne:  A day after an Indian student was attacked in Melbourne, Victoria's acting premier Rob Hulls on Saturday asserted that his government was firmly committed to prevent any violence against the Indian community since the state wanted "to remain as the most peaceful and diverse place in the world".

"We keep standing firm against any ignorance or violence that might undermine the diversity, therefore strength of our community," Hulls spoke before lighting lamps at 'Diwali' celebration in front of a huge gathering.

Commenting on the recent trip of Victorian premier John Brumby to India, Hulls said, "He (Brumby) was there to deliver the simple message that our relationship with India and with Indian community in Victoria is strong and will not be and never be undermined."

"That's why our government is taking strong action. More police on the streets with more powers to deal with violent offenders... Our laws are better to enable judges to specifically consider whether the crime is racially motivated," he said.

"Our police will continue to work very closely with Indian community on the matters of safety because we want Victoria to remain as the most peaceful and diverse place in the world," Hulls said, while assuring the community.

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