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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Indian student attacked twice in just two days as he walked home in city centre

Tushar Subra Baruah.
Tushar Subra Baruah.

A STUDENT has revealed how he was the victim of an apparent racist and homophobic assault after being attacked twice in the space of a few days in the city centre.

Indian native Tushar Subhra Baruah, who is studying at the National College of Ireland, says he was set upon by a gang of around six people on Tuesday night.

The incident happened on Dame Street shortly before midnight as he was making his way home from a night out.

The 25-year-old, who had been socialising in the George Bar shortly before the attack, told the Herald how he was randomly set upon in an unprovoked attack.

"I was walking along the road after parting ways with my friend, when a group of around five guys and one girl came walking towards me," he explained.

"I put in my earphones and just kept my head down, but then suddenly one of them punched me in the shoulder. Another then said to me 'Hey, what was that about' before punching me in the face."

The gang, allegedly aged in their early 20s, then proceeded to kick and punch the helpless victim.

"Even the girl who was with the group was telling them to stop attacking me, but they wouldn't," Tushar said.

During the alleged assault Tushar claims the group made homophobic and racist comments towards him.

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While attacking the victim they told him to "go back to your own country" and the student also believes the word "f***ot" was directed towards him.

"They were screaming these horrible things at me, I was in absolute shock and I couldn't react," he said.

Tushar eventually managed to escape from the group and reported the incident at Pearse Street garda station.

It was the second such incident in a number of days. Last Sunday, Tushar was set upon as he was walking along Trinity Street at approximately 7pm.

"Two men came up to me and they were being really friendly at first. But suddenly they started punching me and managed to rob my phone. I was really hurt after that attack, but I couldn't believe it would happen again two days later," he said.

Although suffering physical injuries in both of the attacks, Tushar said it is the mental impact that is the most damaging.

"I still have severe body pains, I was punched and kicked. However I would say I'm mentally hurt now which is even worse. I'm scared to walk the streets on nights out now."

The two assaults have left Tushar feeling that Ireland has a serious problem with regards to both racism and homophobia.

"I am not going to let this issue settle until I find a solution for this problem.

"Something has to be done to put an end to racism," he said.

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