Jaspreet Singh who burnt his own car with the intention of making a false insurance claim has been given 8 months suspended prison term. This is the guy who claimed that some people tried to burn him in Melbourne in Jan, 2010. He himself received burn injuries to 30% of his body in the process. You might remember that Indian media reported this incident prominently, calling this a racist attack and branding Australia a racist nation.
He has now pleaded guilty in the court due to which he has received a suspended jail sentence.
Many think that he has got a reasonably lenient punishment.
What about the harm which the false allegation of a racist attack caused to the image of Australia? Who is paying for that?
With this case, it is very clear that it is a bad idea to jump to conclusions without full facts.
Question to him and to Indian media: will they apologise to Australia now for the false allegation and reports?
I believe that they should offer a public apology to Australia and Australian people which include us [Indian Australians] too.
Yadu Singh/Sydney/3rd May, 2010