9:30pm – Wednesday, July 4 on ABC2
In episode 3, journalist Joe Hildebrand takes Amer, Radhika, Gurmeet and Mahima to what the Indian media claim is the most dangerous city in Australia – Melbourne.
Although many Australians think of Melbourne as our most liveable city, for Indians it’s infamous for attacks on Indian students. In fact, education adviser Radhika tells students not to risk studying in Australia at all.
Joe and the Indians investigate the nature of these attacks – were they really racist or more a case of Indian students being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Gautam Gupta, an Indian student leader at the time of the attacks and now a practising surgeon, tells Gurmeet and Radhika that he has no doubt that the attacks were racist. Later, Joe shows the tourists CCTV footage of a brutal attack on Indian student Sourabh Sharma. Mahima and Gurmeet then meet Sourabh, and hear first-hand about the attack.
Meanwhile, Radhika and Amer patrol the mean streets of Melbourne with the Victorian Police – Radhika is appalled by the level of drunkenness but Amer seems less concerned.
Back in India, Amer had said he wanted to walk the streets of Melbourne at 2 or 3am, to judge for himself if Australia is a racist country. Joe grants Amer’s wish, and Gurmeet accompanies him. The walk is uneventful until Amer and Gurmeet return to Swanston Street…