Terming the assault on a Sikh taxi driver on the JFK Worldwide Airport as “deeply disturbing”, India’s Consulate Normal in New York mentioned that it has taken up the matter with the US authorities and urged them to research the incident.
“The assault towards a Sikh taxi driver in New York is deeply disturbing. We have now taken up the matter with US authorities and urged them to research this violent incident,” the Consulate Normal of India in New York tweeted on Saturday.
An undated 26-second video uploaded by Navjot Pal Kaur on Twitter on January 4, confirmed a person assaulting the Sikh taxi driver exterior the airport.
Ms Kaur mentioned in a tweet that the video was shot by a bystander on the airport.
The particular person will be heard allegedly utilizing expletives towards the sufferer. He repeatedly hits and punches him and knocks off his turban.
“This video was taken by a bystander at John F Kennedy Worldwide Airport. I don’t personal the rights to this video. However I simply wished to focus on the truth that hatred continues to stay in our society and sadly, I’ve seen Sikh cab drivers get assaulted time and again,” Ms Kaur tweeted.
Additional particulars in regards to the driver or the reason for the incident weren’t accessible.
The video has led to indignant reactions by the group members.
“One other Sikh cab driver assaulted. This one at JFK Airport in NYC. So upsetting to see. However it’s essential that we do not look away… What I’m positive of is how painful it’s to look at our fathers and elders get assaulted whereas they’re simply making an attempt to reside an sincere life.
“For individuals who aren’t Sikh, I am unable to put into phrases what it means to have your turban knocked off — or to see another person’s turban knocked off. It is visceral and gut-wrenching and simply so disheartening to witness,” Simran Jeet Singh, writer and Director for the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Challenge, tweeted.
The Nationwide Sikh Marketing campaign mentioned, “we’re only some days into the brand new yr and there has already been a hate crime dedicated towards a Sikh. A bystander recorded an unidentified man attacking a Sikh taxi driver, finally knocking off the motive force’s turban.” “No extra particulars have been launched exterior of the video, however we all know this story too nicely. A Sikh particular person goes about their each day lives solely to be senselessly attacked by somebody. Frequent highway rage between individuals can escalate when somebody who’s unaware of who we’re takes their disdain for our turbans and turns into violent,” it mentioned.
This isn’t the primary time a Sikh taxi driver has been assaulted within the US.
An Indian-origin Sikh Uber driver was in 2019 assaulted and racially abused within the US state of Washington in a suspected hate crime.
The motive force advised the police that he believes his race promoted the assault.
In 2017, a 25-year-old Sikh cab driver in New York was assaulted and his turban knocked off by drunk passengers.
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