Last week, an unidentified assailant had assaulted a Sikh taxi driver. The video of this incident had gone viral. The US State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs said it condemns such hate-based violence.
The US State Department has strongly condemned the incident of assault and turban-tossing of a Sikh taxi driver of Indian origin outside John F Kennedy International Airport in New York. The US State Department said on Saturday that the guilty would not be spared.Last week, an unidentified assailant had assaulted a Sikh taxi driver. The video of this incident had gone viral. The US State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs strongly condemned the attack on a Sikh taxi driver. The bureau termed it as a disturbing attack and said it condemned such hate-based violence. It is our responsibility to catch the guilty. Our diversity makes us strong, such incidents will not be tolerated.
Indian Consulate also expressed concern onthe other hand, the Indian Consulate in New York hasalso expressed concern aboutthis attack. Embassy officials said it was a sad incident. We have taken up the matter with the US administration and urged them to investigate this violent incident. Earlier, Navjot Pal Kaur had uploaded the video of the incident on Twitter. The incident was reported in the video as on January 4. In this, a man is seen attacking a Sikh taxi driver outside the airport. Navjot said that this video was recorded by another person standing outside the airport. In the video, an assailant abuses a Sikh taxi driver and punches him. He also takes off his turban. Navjot said that she wants to highlight the fact that hatred prevails in society.
Anger in Sikh Community
There is anger in the Sikh community over this incident. Simran Jeet Singh, author, and director of the Aspen Institute's Inclusive America Project tweeted. The National Sikh Campaign said that the new year has just begun and the era of hate-mongering has begun.
This is not the first time in the US that such an attack has happened. Earlier, an Indian-origin Sikh Uber car driver was assaulted and racially abused in Washington in 2019. Earlier in 2017, a 25-year-old Sikh cab driver was assaulted in New York. Drunken passengers had taken off his turban.