Anti-Sikh hate crime incidents increased by 82% in the US.
United Sikhs seek commitment from NYPD Hate Crime Task Force to curb rising hate crime against Sikhs.
New York, Sep 19, 2022 – United Sikhs team is going to meet New York state authorities to seek their commitment for a solution to stop the rising incidents of hate crime against Sikhs in the state.
Members of the organization visited a New Jersey resident Balwinder Singh, who was racially abused last month on the way back from New York. A stranger asked him to get out of his truck. He stepped out of the vehicle, assuming that the person needed some help, but the man started attacking him, referring to him as, “You are Bin Laden” and yelling, “Go back to your country”. “He then beat me and broke my jaw and teeth. I was shocked and helpless, bleeding profusely until the NYPD arrived and took me to a hospital,” Balwinder said.
Earlier this month, on September 7, an 82-year-old Sikh was beaten in New York while on his routine evening walk. In July, a 31-year-old Sikh was shot dead in his SUV. In April, a 71-year-old Nirmal Singh was attacked in Richmond Hill, and the assailant attacked two more Sikhs later.
Anti-Sikh hate crime in the US has been on the rise in the last few years. FBI data shows that anti-Sikh hate crime incidents increased by 82%, from 49 to 89, from 2019 to 2020. The increase in violence against the Sikhs is hurting our community across the US.
United Sikhs team members are going to meet with the authorities in New York to seek investigation and prosecution, in the case of Balwinder Singh, as hate crimes are based on nationality or appearance. They would seek from the authorities including the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC) and NYPD Hate Crime Task Force to commit to finding a proactive solution to the problem of the rising pattern of hate crime and biases against the Sikhs community.
“While progress has been seen on legislative fronts in the last year, we are afraid that a deeply ingrained cultural and psychological bias against people, who don’t look like or dress like others requires a proactive policy, intercultural interactions, formal and informal training at different levels,” said Manvinder Singh, Advocacy Director, International Civil & Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA). “The Sikh American contribution to the US culture, economy, and politics deserve attention in a way that effectively addresses the increasing hate crimes,” Dr. Henok Gabisa, United Sikhs Advocacy Director said.
“Not just Sikhs, members of all communities should feel safe and no one should be racially targeted. As a humanitarian and advocacy organization, we have been taking a multi-pronged approach to address these issues, so that people of any faith can reach out to us in case of racial abuse. As hate incidents against Sikhs in the US have spiked in recent times, our legal teams are seeking a commitment from concerned authorities and working with them to find a solution,” Gurpreet Singh, CEO of United Sikhs said.
United Sikhs seek commitment from NYPD Hate Crime Task Force to curb rising hate crime against Sikhs
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