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Victorian top cop's suggestion ridiculous: India

February 07, 2010 21:35 IST

India termed as "ridiculous" the suggestion by Victorian police chief Simon Overland that Indian students in Australia should keep a low profile and "try to look as poor as you can" to avoid attacks.

"This is ridiculous. No self-respecting Indian will like to be lectured in such a way," government sources said in New Delhi while reacting to Overland's advice to Indian students who have been

victims of continued violence. The sources underlined that every Indian in Australia has a right to freedom and better lives.

Overland had said that Indian students could make themselves less of a target if they do not display their expensive gadgets. "Don't display your iPods, don't display your valuable watch, don't display your valuable jewellery. Try to look as poor as you can," Overland was quoted as saying by The Age.

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