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Sikh-American IT specialist brutally assaulted in US

Victim sustained many injuries, civil right organizations demand action against hate crime

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Oct 8 2016 2:27PM | Updated Date: Oct 8 2016 2:27PM

Sikh-American IT specialist brutally assaulted in US

 Sikh-American IT specialist (41) was brutally attacked by some men in California. The victim sustained various injuries. The attacker knocked off his turban and allegedly cut his religiously-mandated unshorn hair with a knife.


The incident creates a storm in the society prompting a civil rights organisation to demand a hate crime investigation into the incident.


Maan Singh Khalsa, resident of California is a techie by profession. He was driving home on the night of September 25 when a group of men in car threw a beer can at his vehicle.


"Khalsa drove away from the scene but the men followed him and assaulted him through his open car window, knocking off his turban and hitting his face repeatedly," said the statement of The Sikh Coalition, the nation's largest Sikh civil rights organisation.


Khalsa said there were "five to six white males in their late 20s to early 30s" who abused him and three of them then attacked him physically.


Shouting that Khalsa's hair should be cut off, the men pulled his head out of the window, and cut a fistful of his religiously-mandated unshorn hair with a knife, the complaint alleged. 


The Sikh Coalition has written to the Richmond Police Department and the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office on behalf of Khalsa, urging authorities to conduct a hate crime investigation and prosecution in the case.


"The attackers caused physical injuries and deep harm when they targeted my Sikh faith," Khalsa said in a press statement released by the Sikh Coalition. Khalsa sustained injuries to his fingers, hands, eye and teeth.


"I urge a thorough investigation so we can address the tide of violence and bigotry in this country." Sikh Coalition Legal Director, Harsimran Kaur urged authorities to fully investigate this hateful attack on Khalsa and his Sikh identity.