On January 2, a young man called Nitin Garg was stabbed to death while walking to the restaurant where he worked.
On January 9, a young man called Jaspreet Singh was set on fire while parking his car and is in hospital with 15 per cent burns to his body.
On January 11, a young man called Raju was hacked to death while he walked home from the bakery where he worked.
Question: What connects these four crimes?
All four victims were Indian.
The first happened in Australia.
The second happened in Australia.
The third happened in Australia.
But the fourth happened in India (in Bombay).
The first happened in late 2009.
The second happened in early 2010.
The third happened in early 2010.
But the fourth happened in early 1993.
The first, second and third are the latest in a spate of such crimes in Australia, of the order of two dozen over the last 6 months.
The fourth was one in several hundred such crimes in this city over about 6 weeks, that left about a thousand Indians dead. (And many thousand more maimed and/or driven from their homes).
The first, second and third have prompted demonstrations in India and accusations that this is due to racism in Australia ("Racism is more dangerous than swine flu" says a banner in the photograph on the page first linked below).
The fourth has prompted no such demonstrations and accusations.
The first, second and third have prompted the Indian Government to demand that the guilty be identified and punished. Vayalar Ravi, India's Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, said the Australian authorities must "take action against the culprits behind [the crimes]". He went on: "My suggestion to the Australian government is that please take preventive measures and preventive actions against these anti-social elements ... The police know who are the unwanted and antisocial elements who are resorting to this kind of crime. So why can’t they arrest them in advance and put them behind the bars and even prosecute them?"
The fourth has prompted no demands from the Indian Government, let alone any arrests and prosecutions of those who killed Raju, let alone any arrests and prosecutions of those who killed the rest of the thousand, let alone any arrests and prosecutions of those who egged them on.
Answer: Maybe little connects the four crimes. Maybe more should.
More about Raju: Who died alone.