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Sikh beaten up on NY sidewalk

Dharam Shourie in New York | July 13, 2004 18:21 IST

In what is considered to be a  hate crime, a Sikh limousine driver was beaten unconscious on  a sidewalk in a New York suburb during the weekend by  apparently drunken white youths.

At least one person has been arrested and police were on the lookout for two others. The incident occurred in the Richmond area of Queens which has a large immigrant population on Saturday night.

Rajinder Singh Khalsa, 54,  suffered  multiple cuts, bruises and a broken nose. Speaking from his hospital bed, he said he and his cousin Gurcharan Singh were confronted by the youths who ridiculed their turbans calling them "dirty curtains" and asked them to take them off.

Gurcharan Singh, who owns a restaurant called Tandoori Express, said they had left the car on the street and were walking towards the restaurant where they intended to have tea. But as they were passing by an Italian catering hall, the men, who appeared to be drunk, started using abusive language.

"I told them that it is not a curtain but my turban and a religious symbol," Gurcharan Singh said.



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Sub: not surprising

If the defence minister of a country can be disrobed in the name of security measures , this is not surprising. To a country that ...

Posted by Viswanath

Sub: this is nothing new,even muslims are suffering from the same.

Its nothing new,yesterday it was the black community,today its muslims and sikhs,tomorrow maybe some other community.Religious and culture bias has always been a part of ...

Posted by A.M.Kasmani

Sub: it is derrogatory!

Beating up of a sikh citizen at NY street is really a sad and a derrogatory incident which requires attention of all.Why do we indians ...

Posted by pratyasha nath

Sub: Re.: Sikh beaten up in NY

Really very very sad news

Posted by Balwant Singh Dangwal

Sub: Sikh Beaten up in NY

This seems to be very bad news.Measures to be taken to avoid such instances.

Posted by Sanjay


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