Saturday, April 10, 2010

Are Indians safer in India than Australia?

In Australia mid 2009, an Indian student was murdered and others were beaten up. Indian media reported that what they saw were racially motivated attacks against Indians, especially students. Rallies were organised in Melbourne and Sydney, and intense coverage of the perceived hate crimes commenced in India, being especially critical of Australia. However, never let the facts get in the way of a little indignation; let’s have a look at some statistics. Werner
Please Note! Don’t miss the spectacular YouTube show at the bottom of this post.
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In 2007, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, 32,318 people were murdered in India. Another 3644 were victims of manslaughter.

In a category of its own, 8093 brides or their relatives were killed in "dowry deaths'' - murdered by greedy grooms and in-laws angry over the amount of dowry paid by the bride's family.

And there were a further 27,401 attempted murders and the annual road toll in India is now tipped to reach 150,000.

By contrast, in 2007, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reports, 255 people were murdered in Australia .

Another 28 were victims of manslaughter, and 246 survived attempted murders.

India is of course a big country, but the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that relative to population, its homicide rate is more than twice that of Australia .

It is a country in which violent crime is commonplace - so commonplace that every day more than 100 Indians are murdered by other Indians.

Yet when an Indian is murdered overseas, the news channels whip themselves and their viewers into a froth of indignation at the country concerned. How can this happen? How can any civilized nation fail to protect its residents?

What kind of racist country is this? Why aren't India 's TV networks campaigning against the epidemic of death all around them?

Why does it take a murder of an Indian overseas to stir their moral outrage? (To put it into perspective, the murder reduced their population by 0.0000001% for about 30 seconds)

Were they equally outraged 10 years ago when Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burnt alive in their car by Hindu extremists in Orissa?

Or in 2004 when Australian tourist Dawn Griggs was robbed, raped and murdered by two taxi drivers after arriving late at night at Delhi airport?

If Indian students don't feel safe in Australia they should go back to India where the odds (of getting killed) are better!!
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And finally, something spectacular to watch. A backhoe is climbing up a tower; click here to see it.The reason this 'dude' isn't wearing a helmet is because.... if he needed it, it wouldn't do a bit a good anyway! It's in German - but you realize what they are saying. One of the last words is "competence" - you'll realize why. - Werner
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My thought for today. – Werner
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

1 comment:

Arne said...

Good on ya, Werner, for putting this into perspective!