Sikh: Sikh taxi driver of Indian origin assaulted, his turban knocked down by an unknown person at JFK airport

In another case of alleged hate crime, a Sikh taxi driver of Indian origin in the United States was assaulted by an unidentified man, who knocked off his turban and also used swear words at him outside from JFK International Airport here, according to a social media video.

The 26-second undated video was uploaded by Navjot Pal Kaur to microblogging site Twitter on January 4, showing a man assaulting the Sikh taxi driver outside the airport.

She said the video was shot by a passerby at the airport.

The person can be heard allegedly using swear words against the victim. He hits him several times and knocks off his turban.

“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 hate persists in our society and sadly I have seen Sikh taxi drivers being mugged again and again,” Kaur tweeted.

Further details about the driver or the cause of the incident were not available.

Calling the incident “deeply disturbing”, the Indian Consulate General here said it had raised the matter with US authorities and urged them to investigate the incident.

“The assault on a Sikh taxi driver in New York is deeply disturbing. We have raised the matter with the US authorities and urged them to investigate this violent incident,” the Indian Consulate General in New York tweeted on Saturday. York.

The video provoked angry reactions from members of the community.

“Another Sikh taxi driver assaulted. This one at JFK airport in New York. So heartbreaking to see. But it’s crucial that we don’t look the other way… What I know for sure is how painful it is to watch our fathers and elders get mugged when they’re just trying to live an honest life.

“For those who aren’t Sikh, I can’t put into words what it means to have your turban taken off – or to see someone else’s turban fall off. It’s visceral and heartbreaking and so disheartening to see,” tweeted Simran Jeet Singh, author and director of the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project.

The National Sikh Campaign said: “We are just days into the New Year and there has already been a hate crime committed against a Sikh. A bystander recorded an unidentified man attacking a Sikh taxi driver, eventually knocking off the driver’s turban.

“No further details have been released other than the video, but we know this story all too well. A Sikh person going about his daily business only to be senselessly attacked by someone. The common road rage between people can get worse when someone who doesn’t know who we are despises our turbans and gets violent,” he said.

This is not the first time a Sikh taxi driver has been assaulted in the United States.

A Sikh Uber driver of Indian origin was assaulted and racially abused in the US state of Washington in 2019 in connection with an alleged hate crime. The driver told police he believed his race contributed to the attack.

In 2017, a 25-year-old Sikh taxi driver in New York was attacked and his turban knocked over by drunken passengers.

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