Indian-American woman’s car attacked after miscreants mistook her bandana for hijab

Last week, a Muslim student's hijab was allegedly ripped off and her hair pulled down by a classmate at a school in Minnesota.

By: PTI | San Francisco | Published:November 20, 2016 4:50 pm
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A 41-year-old Indian-American woman has been racially attacked in the US state of California after a bandana on her head was mistaken as a hijab, the latest in a series of assaults following Donald Trump’s win. Nicki Pancholy was on her ‘peace walk’ when on return she found her car window shattered, her purse gone and a note calling her a “Hijab wearing b****,” and asking her to “get the f— out.”

Pancholy is not Muslim, nor does she wear a hijab. She is a Rajasthani and has been battling Lupus, which caused hair loss, and put the bandanna on her head as protection from the sun, NBC news reported. “When I saw it, I was in shock. That someone would feel so much hate to do this. I realise that this is the climate after this election. But I didn’t realise someone would be so ignorant and in so much pain to cause so much harm,” she said.

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“I was wearing a bandana over my head, not because I am religious, but because I am protecting my scalp from the sun because I have lupus, an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can damage tissues and organs, she added. She had been hiking in Mission Peak (just north of San Jose) every morning for 65 days straight before this happened, it said.

“I didn’t know who was watching me. I would like for the violence to end with me,” she added. “Many of our neighbours, friends, and family fear the current climate in our country, and we must do our best to make sure everyone is respected,” Raj Salwan, Freemont City Councillor-elect said.

Police are investigating the note as a hate crime and auto burglary as her windows were smashed and someone stole her purse and checkbook, it said. Pancholy is just one of a growing number of people across the country, even in the Democratic stronghold of the Bay Area, to fall victim to hateful harassment since Trump was elected president.

Last week, a Muslim student’s hijab was allegedly ripped off and her hair pulled down by a classmate at a school in Minnesota. The Southern Poverty Law Center has noted a marked increase in hateful acts across the country since Trump has been elected. As of Monday, the hate-tracking group has found 437 reports of hateful intimidation or harassment since November 9.

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  1. B
    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:12 pm
    This is same like what is happening in India. The violent bigots are clearly emboldened. The law is powerless.
    1. F
      Fredric Rice
      Nov 20, 2016 at 6:53 pm
      :( I hope that people around the world understand that our Christian Republican problem in the United States does not mean that the majority of us are hate-driven extremists, these KKK fascists who hate everything the United States stands for are in the minority opinion, they do not reflect the ideals of the vast majority of;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Please understand that Christian Republicans do not represent our country. These far right wing Islamic and Christian extremists that infest the world do not represent our values.
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        Sumit Goyal
        Nov 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm
        Indian Americans, stuck between Trump (Rock) and Modi (a hard place)
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          Mahender Goriganti
          Nov 20, 2016 at 11:49 pm
          It is not Christian fundamentalist atude but white racism (US is a savage country born out of genocide of Indian- Native). It happened in Ua, Fiji, Nigeria, SA, and not too long ago in US too (1960s) with 'Dot buster racism', from white and even blacks,
          1. K
            Nov 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm
            Indian Hindu women in US shud be very very careful while covering their heads now-a-days as Trump's supporters parrticularly 'whites' started attacking muslims at will - srinivasan
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              Vasudevan Venugopal
              Nov 20, 2016 at 5:22 pm
              Henceforth Hindu American women, if at all needed, cover their heads with hats or caps meant for women.
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