Video shows Sikh driver assaulted in US  |  Photo Credit: ANI
New Delhi: In a suspected case of hate crime, an Indian-origin Sikh taxi driver in the US was allegedly assaulted by an unidentified man outside the JFK International Airport.
A video of the incident, widely circulated on social media, showed the man knocking off the taxi driver’s turban and also using abusive words against him.
The undated 26-second clip was shared by Navjot Pal Kaur on micro-blogging site Twitter on January 4.
“This video was taken by a bystander at John F. Kennedy International Airport. I do not own the rights to this video. But I just wanted to highlight the fact that hatred continues to remain in our society and unfortunately I’ve seen Sikh cab drivers get assaulted again and again,” Kaur tweeted.
Describing the incident as “deeply disturbing”, India’s Consulate General said that it has taken up the matter with the US authorities and urged them to investigate the incident.
“The assault against a Sikh taxi driver in New York is deeply disturbing. We have taken up the matter with US authorities and urged them to investigate this violent incident,” the Consulate General of India in New York tweeted on Saturday.
Department of State’s South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau also condemned the incident and said that the perpetrators of hate crimes should be held accountable for their actions.
“We are deeply disturbed by reports of an apparent attack on a Sikh cab driver at J.F.K. airport, captured on video last week. Our diversity makes the U.S. stronger, & we condemn any form of hate-based violence,” it said.
“We all have a responsibility to hold perpetrators of hate crimes accountable for their actions, no matter where such crimes occur,” it added.
Earlier in 2019 and 2017 similar cases of suspected hate crimes against Sikh drivers were reported in the US.