NY Sikh Teen Punched For Wearing Turban, Traumatized
NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – In a racially motivated attack, a man punched a 19-year-old Sikh teen multiple times and attempted to remove his turban onboard a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus, here.
Police said both men were riding on a shuttle bus on October 15 morning near 118th Street and Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill when the suspect approached the victim, ABC7 news channel reported.
“We don’t wear that in this country,” the suspect told the victim pointing at his turban, following which he punched the young Sikh several times and tried to remove it.
He then got off the bus and remains at large, the New York City Police Department said, urging the public to help in nabbing the suspect.
Releasing a picture, the NYPD described the suspect as “a male, 25-35 years of age, dark complexion, slim build, approximately 5’9 tall, with brown eyes and black hair”.
The victim, who suffered a minor cut and pain, refused medical attention at the scene, police said.
The Sikh Coalition wrote it is “deeply disturbed by an apparent hate-motivated attack on a Sikh teen. We are in contact with the survivor and working with him to provide support as needed; he has requested anonymity for the time being. Our current understanding is that (the) NYPD is, appropriately, investigating this incident as a hate crime,” the Coalition said.
“Right now, the victim is very traumatized,” community activist Japneet Singh told ABC7. “The family is very scared for him.”
Japneet said the victim was injured badly enough that he wouldn’t be able to work for the next few days.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the bus attack.