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Indian-origin Sikh taxi driver assaulted, his turban knocked off by unidentified man at JFK Airport

In a yet one more case of suspected hate crime, an Indian-origin Sikh taxi driver within the US has been assaulted by an unidentified man, who knocked off his turban and likewise used expletives towards him outdoors the JFK Worldwide Airport in New York, in line with a video on social media.

The undated 26-second video was uploaded by Navjot Pal Kaur on Twitter on Jan 4, exhibiting a person assaulting the Sikh taxi driver outdoors the airport. She mentioned the video was shot by a bystander on the airport.

The individual might 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 spotlight the truth that hatred continues to stay in our society and sadly I’ve seen Sikh cab drivers get assaulted repeatedly,” Kaur tweeted.

Additional particulars concerning the driver or the reason for the incident weren’t accessible.

The video led to indignant reactions by the neighborhood members.

“One other Sikh cab driver assaulted. This one at JFK Airport in NYC. So upsetting to see. Nevertheless it’s essential that we don’t 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 attempting to reside an sincere life. For individuals who aren’t Sikh, I can’t put into phrases what it means to have your turban knocked off — or to see another person’s turban knocked off. It’s visceral and gut-wrenching and simply so disheartening to witness,” Simran Jeet Singh, creator and Director for the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Challenge, tweeted.

The Nationwide Sikh Marketing campaign mentioned, “we’re just a few 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, in the end knocking off the driving force’s turban.”

“No further particulars have been launched outdoors of the video, however we all know this story too nicely. A Sikh individual goes about their each day lives solely to be senselessly attacked by somebody. Widespread street rage between folks can escalate when somebody who’s blind to 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 driving force instructed 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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