sikh: One arrested for hate crime towards Sikh taxi driver in New York – Occasions of India


A person was arrested for the January 3 assault on a Sikh taxi driver at JFK airport, the port authority of New York and New Jersey police division (PAPD) stated on Friday evening.
Mohamed Hassanain had shouted “return to your nation” and referred to as the taxi driver (recognized solely as Mr Singh to protect his anonymity) “turbaned individuals” in a derogatory method whereas repeatedly punching and shoving him, main the police to contemplate the incident a hate crime. Hassanain is being charged with assault within the third diploma as a hate crime, assault within the third diploma, and aggravated harassment within the second diploma, and will likely be arraigned on Saturday.
Singh, requesting privateness, stated he was grateful to legislation enforcement, the Sikh Coalition — an organisation supporting him in his authorized battle — and all these locally “who’ve provided their energy on this tough time”. “Nobody ought to expertise what I did but when they do, I hope they obtain the identical overwhelming quantity of assist and fast, skilled motion by the authorities in response,” he stated in an announcement.
Amrith Kaur Aakre, authorized director of Sikh Coalition stated they’re grateful to the port authority police division and Queens district legal professional’s workplace for his or her immediate motion on this case, and for recognising that the assault on Mr Singh included clear anti-Sikh bias. “This case underscores the significance of sharing all the small print of those sorts of assaults with legislation enforcement. Holding perpetrators accountable for each their actions and their hateful motivation is the clearest solution to present that bigotry and the violence that it fuels don’t have any place in our communities.”
The Sikh Coalition stated it’s going to proceed to help Singh in his correspondence with the legislation enforcement and make sure that all related particulars are conveyed between all events. “Moreover, we’re grateful for the assist of the New York Metropolis police division’s hate crimes activity pressure on this case,” the Sikh Coalition stated in an announcement.
Sikhs in the US proceed to expertise bias and hate-driven assaults on account of their visibly identifiable articles of religion (together with turbans and unshorn hair) in addition to perceptions about their nation of origin, the Sikh Coalition stated within the assertion.
In line with the newest FBI information, Sikhs stay within the prime three most often focused teams for religiously motivated hate crimes and bias incidents within the US. Within the Sikh Coalition’s expertise, taxi and rideshare drivers, specifically, are at a heightened threat of violent assaults. “Lately, we have now supplied free authorized support to a number of Sikh drivers attacked throughout the nation, and we proceed to supply know-your-rights sources proactively to assist the group keep protected,” the organisation stated.

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