The mother of an Indian student brutally assaulted in Australia has demanded “harshest possible” punishment to his assailants.
Speaking from her brother’s home in Pakhowal village in northern Indian state of Punjab, Sarabjit Kaur said an “exemplary punishment” to his assailants would prevent such incidents in future.
Manrajwinder Singh, 20, from Reservior suffered serious injuries after a gang of eight men and a woman kicked and kneed him while he was standing with two other friends near the footpath east of Princess Bridge at 4:15am on Sunday morning.
The Victorian police are investigating the attack and have arrested three attackers – a 17-year-old Sydenham boy, 16 year-old St Albans boy and a 15-year-old Ascot Vale boy – so far.
Following the footsteps of his elder brother Yadwinder Singh, 25, who has now become an Australian citizen, Mr Singh had left for Australia in February last year to study accounts at Cambridge College.
Fighting back her tears, Ms Kaur said she wants to be with her son as soon as possible.
“I can’t see my child in pain. I want to be there with him and tell him to wake up from coma.”
“My husband who works in Greece is coming back in a day or two. We will both file our visa applications on Monday and leave for Australia as soon as we have our papers ready.”
Ruing that Indian government hasn’t spoken to them so far, Ms Kaur thanked the Australian government for what she described as “best possible treatment to her son.”
“Australian High Commission in New Delhi in speaking to us constantly and I am sure they will help us in these tragic times,” said Ms Kaur.
Mr Singh is still in coma, but is responding well to the treatment, Mr Yadwinder has told the family.
“Bleeding has stopped and swelling has also subsided, Yadwinder told us over the phone last night,” said Malkit Singh Kang, Ms Kaur’s brother.
Ms Kaur has never travelled outside India because she had to take care of her father and mother-in-law, who are both sick, but this time she wants to board an earliest flight to Australia.
She said: “My husband wanted me to go with him to Greece but I refused for the sake of my in-laws.”
“This time, I want to sit beside my son who is struggling for life in Australia.”
On Saturday night, Ms Kaur had spoken to both his sons for more than hour and Mr Singh had told her that he is going for a movie with friends.
“We would talk three to four times every week over the phone and he would always tell me how much he missed me,” said Ms Kaur as she fought back her tears.
“He would tell me that I should also join them in Australia as it was a beautiful country.”
The only thing that made Ms Kaur feel worried about her sons was the newspaper reports about attacks on Indians in Australia.
She said: “I would always advise him to stay away from any trouble and try to focus only on his studies because I wanted him to be safe.”