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Sikh Cab Driver Assaulted, US State Department Says, “Deeply Disturbed” By The Attack

A very disturbing video of Sikh who was being prodded has been surfacing all over social media. In the video, a man was seen assaulting the Sikh taxi driver outside the airport. The video was clearly shot by a bystander at the airport.

Now, the United States today condemned the assault on a Sikh taxi driver at the JFK International Airport terming it “deeply disturbing”. “The assault against a Sikh taxi driver in New York is deeply disturbing. We have taken up the matter with US authorities and urged them to investigate this violent incident,” the Consulate General of India in New York tweeted on Saturday. 

Further, the exact date of this 26 second video is yet to be confirmed. The person can be heard allegedly using expletives against the victim. He repeatedly hits and punches him and knocks off his turban.

To this, author and Director for the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project Simran Jeet Singh tweeted, “For those who aren’t Sikh, I can’t put into words what it means to have your turban knocked off — or to see someone else’s turban knocked off. It’s visceral and gut-wrenching and just so disheartening to witness.”

Meanwhile, according to the news report of The Tribune, The National Sikh Campaign said, “We are only a few days into the new year and there has already been a hate crime committed against a Sikh. A bystander recorded an unidentified man attacking a Sikh taxi driver, ultimately knocking off the driver’s turban.”

“No additional details have been released outside of the video, but we know this story too well. A Sikh person goes about their daily lives only to be senselessly attacked by someone. Common road rage between people can escalate when someone who is ignorant of who we are takes their disdain for our turbans and becomes violent,” it said.

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Also, it has been said that this is not the first time an Indian or a Sikh has been assaulted. Earlier, an Indian-origin Sikh Uber driver was being assaulted in 2019 and racially abused in the US state of Washington in a suspected hate crime. And the driver told the police that he believes his race promoted the attack.

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