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Kamer Nizamdeen’s Arrest: Islamophobia or an Act of Racism?

Kamer Nizamdeen, a 25-year-old Sri Lankan citizen who immigrated to Australia in order to pursue his higher education at the University of New South Wales, is an extraordinary boy with quite a lot of unbeatable talents in the field of tech. He not only studied alongside working, mentoring and helping his college friends with some projects but also with numerous other students, he collaborated with NSW police, along with the NSW government, and developed an app in order to help foreign students protect themselves against fraud when they arrived in Australia. In addition to his successful projects for which he has gotten a lot of plaudits from UNSW, Kamer was also employed on contractual basis to work with other teams in relation to developing softwares for the same college he was currently studying in.

Acting on a tip-off received from one of his colleague, Kamer was arrested on August 30 on a suspicion that he was plotting to kill former Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, including some other leaders and to blow up the Sydney Opera House later that week. According to Kamer’s cousins, Kamer was in Sri Lanka for just 10 days prior to his arrest and the only other country he has travelled to was the United States of America in order to meet his extended family members. He had just completed his degree at the UNSW and was working alongside as a contractor on different projects in UNSW. Kamer’s former principal, Goolbai Gunasekara also claimed Kamer as being one of the courteous students back at the Asian International School (AIS), where he did his A levels, and that being successful in whatever he did was what upset his contemporaries the most.

It’s not a secret about how a number of European countries are Islamophobic, and clearly Australia is one of them too. In a survey released by the Huffington Post, 17% of respondents agreed with the statement “just to be safe it is important to stay away from places where Muslims could be.” Australia has an issue regarding how its citizens treat immigrants. SBS Hindi listener, Sonica Semwal, an Indian immigrant’s experiences at an Australian school as a child with brown skin and the study about Sydney Muslims experiencing discrimination three times the rate of other Australians are two evidences regarding how without any doubt, discrimination along with Islamophobic actions makes things so difficult upon its fellow immigrants.

Gathering all these studies on Australia’s treatment towards its immigrants in order to draw a meaningful conclusion as to why they arrested Kamer based on a notebook that didn’t even contain his handwriting, I personally feel that Kamer’s unjust treatment has definitely got to do something with Australia’s Islamophobia or discrimination. Why would the police arrest him without a proper evidence? He was helping develop a software to protect international students from fraud; hence, I’m pretty sure if he wanted and had really planned on committing such a disgusting crime to that same nation, which has provided him with all the golden opportunities to showcase his inner talents and abilities along with acquiring extra knowledge and experience, he could have done it in an even brilliant manner using tech.

When jealousy takes over, humanity is lost. It all clearly sounds like one of Kamer’s colleagues’ jealousy towards his success and achievements is what has led to this brilliant plan of setting him up as a suspect who is involved in terror-related activities. He is been cut-off from communicating with his family back home and his name has been tarnished all over social media without actually being proven guilty in the first place. It’s been almost two weeks since the arrest of Kamer Nizamdeen who is believed to be innocent until proven guilty. His family, friends and relatives are waiting until he next appears before courts on October 24.

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Nuskiya Nasar is a Ceylonese busy-bee who believes true success is defined by how one transforms their passion into paychecks.

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