Indian priest attacked with knife inside Melbourne church in alleged hate crime

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In yet another example of hate crime,  Catholic Indian priest attacked inside a Melbourne church by a 72-year-old Italian man while leading the Sunday mass.  “The priest named Tomy Mathew, was attacked with a kitchen knife in his neck during the mass at a Catholic church in Melbourne suburbs,” said Thiruvallom Bhasi, editor of a Melbourne daily. “While the ceremony was on, the accused came forward and shouted that since he (Mathew) is an Indian, he cannot conduct the mass,” Bhasi added.

Indian priest attacked

Bhasi said the accused was arrested by Melbourne Police. He has been charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury and bailed to appear in the Broad meadows Magistrates’ Court on June 13.

Leading news agency ANI quoted a report which claims that the offender told the priest that because he was Indian, he must be a Hindu or a Muslim and therefore can’t be saying mass. The attack was described as “appalling” by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Mathew was rushed to Northern Hospital and is now said to be out of danger.The priest was originally from Kozhikode district of Kerala.

However, this is not the first of racial attack which has come to light. On March 06, an Indian national in New Zealand was assaulted, subjected to a racist tirade and told to go back to his own country during a road rage incident in Auckland.

Earlier last month, 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was killed by 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton who opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani at a bar in Kansas, yelling “get out of my country”.

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