In an instance of alleged hate crime, a Sikh IT specialist was brutally attacked on the night of September 25 in the United States.
Maan Singh Khalsa, an IT specialist and caregiver for the elderly, was driving on the night of September 25 when a man in a truck threw a beer can at his car unprovoked.
At an intersection further up the road, three men got out of the truck and assaulted Khalsa through his open car window, knocking off his Sikh turban and hitting his face repeatedly.
They shouted, “Cut his fu****g hair,” pulled his head out of the window, and cut a fistful of his religiously-mandated unshorn hair with a knife. Khalsa sustained injuries to his fingers, hands, eye, and teeth.
In a press statement through The Sikh Coalition, Khalsa has said, “The attackers caused physical injuries and deep harm when they targeted my Sikh faith. I urge a thorough investigation so we can address the tide of violence and bigotry in this country.”
The Sikh Coalition sent a letter on October 7 to the Richmond Police Department and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office on behalf of Sikh American Khalsa. The letter urges the authorities to conduct a hate crime investigation and prosecution in the case of the assault that resulted in stitches, a swollen black eye, dental injuries, which will require surgeries, and an infected finger which may require an amputation.
Sikh Coalition Legal Director, Harsimran Kaur said, “The purpose of a hate crime investigation and prosecution is to ensure that our government and communities accurately account for the problem of bias in our society.”
In the 15 years that have followed 9/11, Sikhs remain hundreds of times more likely to be targeted in cases of profiling, bigotry, and backlash than the average American. Sikhism, the fifth largest religion in the world, has been an integral part of the American fabric for over 125 years.
“We need to acknowledge hatred so that we commit the resources necessary to address bias-based violence,” said Harsimran Kaur.
Interestingly, Republican candidate for President of the United States, Donald Trump is to meet Hindu Americans on October 15 to leverage the support of Hindu community in America.