A cartoon in Mail Today,a daily published from New Delhi,which allegedly depicted a Victoria policeman as a member of hate group Ku Klux Klan in the wake of attacks on Indians,has sparked outrage in Australia with acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard condemning it as deeply offensive.
The cartoon by R Prasad,published in response to the continuing assaults on Indians in Australia,particularly the murder of 21-year-old student Nitin Garg in Melbourne last weekend,has been described as wrong and terrible by the Victoria Police Association and Police Minister Bob Cameron.
The picture showed a person in a Ku Klux Klan hood wearing a Victoria Police badge,with a caption that said: we are yet to ascertain the nature of the crime. The Klan is an infamous white supremacist hate group that had much influence in America during late 19th and early 20th century.
Gillard said she had not seen the cartoon,but believed it would be deeply offensive.
Any suggestion of the kind is deeply offensive and I would condemn the making of such comment, she said,adding that the police were doing an outstanding job in cracking down on crime and increasing Indian students safety.
The Victorian Police have stepped up policing in difficult hotspots in Victoria where they have seen a number of violent incidences. They have worked in close collaboration with representatives of the Indian community as they have gone about with this step-up in policing, she said.
Police Association Secretary Greg Davies said it was highly offensive to suggest that the police were not properly investigating the murder.