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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    Saurabh
    Oct 8, 2016 at 4:10 am
    The Trump effect.
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      Aditya
      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
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        Gurpreet
        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.
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          Indian_Abroad
          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?
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            Indian_Abroad
            Oct 8, 2016 at 2:51 am
            There is no place as tolerant as India.lt;br/gt;Thanks to Hinduism.
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              Tellitasitis
              Oct 8, 2016 at 3:37 am
              Do these whites dare attack a Muslim or burqa clad? s that they are, with their knowledge limited, and arrogant of their white skin, they think their guns will scare other communities. The Sikh organisation is right to protest and must fight to see the guilty are caught and punished. God save America!
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                JayHind
                Oct 8, 2016 at 3:50 am
                The reason they will not attack muslim and burka clad because muslim christun and Jews are cousins
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                  JayHind
                  Oct 8, 2016 at 3:46 am
                  Wrong time wrong place poor khalsa
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                    Murthy
                    Oct 8, 2016 at 5:57 am
                    I am not sure. Ever since 9/11 there have been regular attacks on Sikhs with beard - No attacks on Sikhs without beard and turban. Trump is only a recent arrival on this scene. Americans are mostly ignorant about the rest of the world.
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                      Murthy
                      Oct 8, 2016 at 5:55 am
                      India and Modi must do MORE to protect our Sikh brothers in the USA. Let the Indian Parliament issue a Six Monthly Report on the Freedom of Religion / Police Murders in the USA. American Hindu Foundation should raise a stink about these attacks on Sikhs.
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                        Murthy
                        Oct 8, 2016 at 5:53 am
                        So many Americans are so thoroughly ignorant that they do not know the difference between a SIKH and a MUSLIM. When they see a Sikh with beard they are reminded of, all people, Osama bin Laden !!! Such s and their Representatives in the American Congress are the ones lecturing India on religious tolerance !!!
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                          L bhadrapati Devi
                          Oct 8, 2016 at 10:20 am
                          One issue about the hate attack against Sikh community in USA is over exposure of religious conservatism against the will of free American society. Not only Sikh, the seeing of Burkha in American market and town by radical Americans may think of cultural invasion or demographic invasion.
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                            Shivan
                            Oct 8, 2016 at 7:44 am
                            There is a considerable following for Khalistan protogonists among expatriate Sikhs living in US, Canada and other Western countries. Indian Government has to do a lot of work to reorient the thinking of such people. Our diplomats have to work with the local Sikh potion to ensure that no Khalistan elements are encouraged. The more visually Indian the Sikhs are, the less likely they will become targeted. Get them to be more visible in Indian events, particularly like religious festivals, PM Modi's visits etc.
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                              Vivek narain
                              Oct 8, 2016 at 3:19 am
                              Natives all over the world have their own mind and zeal,suious appearence due to religious calling is a drawback rather than a right.
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                                rick patel
                                Oct 8, 2016 at 5:45 am
                                You are back .hopefully you have taken treatment for your mental illness.bose d k prateik.you are son of anti nationals multiple father's.
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                                  rightman
                                  Oct 8, 2016 at 6:48 am
                                  Majority of Sikh religious places speaks against Hindus all the time. They are much cozy with Muslims as they are scared of Muslims they never raise their voice against any Muslims murdering Americans.
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                                    rightman
                                    Oct 8, 2016 at 6:44 am
                                    Sikh and Muslims want special rights in any country they go . neither of them want follow the basic rules like safety rule for helmet and they want to keep their knives as well . People see bearing burqa or knife as special and they start hating them. Both of these do too much show off and bossy. no every one like their religious things. Old saying while in Rome do it as Romans do
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                                      Truth Truth
                                      Oct 8, 2016 at 6:49 am
                                      Sikhs has to pay for the mistake of extremist Muslims sad
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                                        Hemant; Hyderababad
                                        Oct 8, 2016 at 6:34 am
                                        American Hindu ocoation should give wide publicity and information teaching about Indian religeions insisting that Sikh ; Jain ; Buddha and Hindus are one and same as they are from same motherland. they live happily in their Motherland -- India. They are nothing to do with Arabs or Islam. Sikh Pagadi etc. has come because in old days barberian Arabs used to attack India. So guru Nanakji created Sikh Army to protect Hindustan from Invaders. Pagari is there for Safety. Beard is there as they can do surgical strikes on Arabs. -- Wide publicity should be given in World Over -- Four Religeions from same Motherland-- Sikh; Jain; Buddha and Hindus -- they are same. Like 4 happy brothers living under care of Old Mother .
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                                          Hemant; Hyderababad
                                          Oct 8, 2016 at 6:43 am
                                          Why to criticize Americans. We see regularly Our Own North East Indians - what treatment they get in Delhi and Banglore. OK. We shall try to take care of Our Sikh Brothers through Our ociations World Over. We should have Umbrella ociation World Over - Hindustan Motherland Religions ociation - means Sikhs; Jains; Buddha and Hindus. Nothing to do with Arabs or Islam. Educate the World about it. But at same time let Us learn; North East Indians are as Indians as Me {Maharshtraian} or Punjabi or Tamil. Any comment on it?
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                                            Sirtaj
                                            Oct 8, 2016 at 7:35 am
                                            "As the Romans do"... are you suggesting that Sikhs should also start beating up people who are not like them? Because that's what the "Romans" are doing. Same old foolish excuses for ignorance, bigotry and bad behaviour, no sense, no shame.
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