US: Sikh man brutally assaulted, hair cut by knife in alleged hate crime

Maan Singh Khalsa, a father and IT specialist in California, was driving home on the night of September 25 when a group of men in car threw a beer can at his vehicle.

By: PTI | New York | Published: October 8, 2016 8:07 am
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A 41-year old Sikh-American IT specialist was brutally attacked by some men, who knocked off his turban and allegedly cut his religiously-mandated unshorn hair with a knife, prompting a civil rights organisation to demand a hate crime investigation into the incident. Maan Singh Khalsa, a father and IT specialist in California, was driving home on the night of September 25 when a group of men in car threw a beer can at his vehicle.

“Khalsa drove away from the scene but the men followed him and assaulted him through his open car window, knocking off his Sikh turban and hitting his face repeatedly,” according to a statement from The Sikh Coalition, the nation’s largest Sikh civil rights organisation.

Khalsa said there were “five to six white males in their late 20s to early 30s” who abused him and three of them then attacked him physically.

Shouting that Khalsa’s hair should be cut off, the men pulled his head out of the window, and cut a fistful of his religiously-mandated unshorn hair with a knife, the complaint alleged.

Khalsa sustained injuries to his fingers, hands, eye and teeth.

The Sikh Coalition has written to the Richmond Police Department and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office on behalf of Khalsa, urging authorities to conduct a hate crime investigation and prosecution in the case.

“The attackers caused physical injuries and deep harm when they targeted my Sikh faith,” Khalsa said in a press statement released by the Sikh Coalition.

“I urge a thorough investigation so we can address the tide of violence and bigotry in this country.”

Sikh Coalition Legal Director, Harsimran Kaur urged authorities to fully investigate “this hateful attack” on Khalsa and his Sikh identity.

“The purpose of a hate crime investigation and prosecution is to ensure that our government and communities accurately account for the problem of bias in our society,” Kaur said.

The Sikh Coalition said that in the 15 years that have followed 9/11, Sikhs remain hundreds of times more likely to be targeted in cases of profiling, bigotry and backlash than the average American.

“We need to acknowledge hatred so that we commit the resources necessary to stem bias-based violence,” Kaur said.

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  1. S
    Oct 8, 2016 at 4:10 am
    The Trump effect.
    1. A
      Oct 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm
      When you go and live in otherlt;br/gt;country you need to follow their dress and typical living style. Why Sikhs haves to beards and turban? Sikhs try going to mecca and Medina with wives without burkha you will be killed
      1. G
        Oct 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm
        Wow! The comment thread is just mind boggling!! Where do these commentators live? Looks like Indian Hindu majority is as clueless and as insensitive to the human rights of Sikhs as the Americans are. Do you know Hindus are not exempt from hate crimes in the USA either? Do you know that Hindus get attacked just for the color of their skin? imilation should not come at the cost of your faith. To a Sikh, the faith is way of life. It cannot be shed like clothing and discarded like eating habits. Would you recommend that a brahmin in America should start eating beef, drinking alcohol and go to mandir on Sundays in shorts when it's hot?? Human rights plight of one community ignored by others can only ensure that soon enough the plight will hit much closer to your own home.
        1. I
          Oct 8, 2016 at 5:17 am
          Sikhs in the US are attacked frequently for just looking different. Do you see the difference between someone deliberately offending the majority by eating what is historically not the food of any part of Asia VS just stepping out of your house and being attacked for appearing different?
          1. I
            Oct 8, 2016 at 2:51 am
            There is no place as tolerant as;br/gt;Thanks to Hinduism.
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