"She’s scared to go out now"

The New Daily reports that an Asian couple from Monash University were attacked by racists in Melbourne.

Vital Bi Sheng and his girlfriend, who does not wish to be named, were attacked at 7pm on Wednesday in one of the city’s busiest shopping areas.

Three youths cornered Sheng’s girlfriend, shouting abuse at her and telling her to “go back to where you came from” whilst calling her racist names.

“They initially jumped into my girlfriend’s face and tried to lay hands on her,” Sheng said. “She was pretty scared. She’s scared to go out now. It’s awful.”

“There were three boys at McDonald’s, opposite KFC and they just shouted and started screaming stuff and came up into our faces, really randomly,” added. “(They were shouting things) like ‘Ching Chong’ at us and assuming we don’t understand English.”

Sheng said he was also physically attacked. “One just threw a punch at me,” he said.

Police are searching for the violent teens who also attacked a security guard on the same night. Victoria Police spokeswoman Belinda Batty said both attacks involved racist words.

“On both occasions, the youths were heard using racial slurs toward the victims,” Batty said.

“The bad thing was after they assaulted me they started to head towards Elizabeth Street and they assaulted Indian security saying racist stuff.” Sheng added. “I met him at the police station. His face was swollen. I was smaller than them, so I think that’s why they picked on me but I was surprised they picked on the security guard.”

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.