Indian Student, An IIT Graduate, Stabbed Repeatedly In Sydney; 1 Arrested
An Australian student who is of Indian descent is in the ICU after being stabbed 11 times last week in what his family claims was a hate crime. Attacked on October 6 was Shubham Garg, a 28-year-old PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
His parents had been attempting to obtain a visa to go to Australia from their home in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. After graduating from IIT-Madras on September 1, Shubham moved to Australia.
On October 6, at around 10.30 p.m., a man stopped him as he was returning from an ATM with cash and demanded his money while threatening him with a knife. While e refused to give the cash, he was stabbed repeatedly by the attacker before running away.
According to sources, Shubham sustained several injuries to his face, chest, and abdomen. He was able to get to a nearby house in that condition, where he was brought to the hospital.
“Shubham managed to survive the assault. When he didn’t pick up my phone on October 8 and we called his friend, we learned “Ramniwas Garg, his father, who was choked up, stated.
“His abdominal operation lasted 11 hours. I ask the government for financial assistance with my son’s medical care and a visa for my younger son “said he.
A 27-year-old male has been taken into custody and is facing attempted murder charges. Shubham didn’t know the attacker, according to reports. Additionally, according to sources, there is no proof that it was a racist assault. Shubham required multiple surgeries, according to tweets from his sister Kavya Garg pleading with the government to provide the family with emergency visas.
“My brother Shubham Garg, 28, from UP, was brutually attacked in Sydney, Australia 11 times with knife and he is in critical condition. We seek your immediate help in this matter and emergency visa to family member to look after him,” Kavya Garg posted on Wednesday, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office, Union Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
“The Indian consulate in Sydney has provided consular assistance to the individual. The Australian High Commission is assisting with the facilitation of a visa for a family member,” a spokesperson of the Australian High Commission told NDTV.