NYC hate crime: 2 Sikh men assaulted

Two Sikh men were assaulted in an alleged hate crime incident in Richmond Hills area of New York, US, on Tuesday. The Consulate General of India in New York has condemned the assault, terming it “deplorable,” and said they were in touch with the police who are investigating this incident. 

One person has been arrested in connection with the crime, it said.

The attack on the two men – who were on an early morning walk – reportedly took place at the same location where a member of the community was attacked nearly 10 days ago.

According to local media reports, two suspects hit the men with a pole and removed their turbans.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, condemning the attack, tweeted: “Another hateful attack against our Sikh community in Richmond Hill. Both individuals who were responsible must be brought to justice. Anyone with information about this should immediately contact @NYPDnews.”

NY State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, the first Punjabi American ever elected to New York State Office, said that there has been an “alarming 200% rise in hate crimes against the Sikh community in recent years.”

“I spoke to the NYPD soon after both of this week’s incidents against my Sikh American family. I am calling for both incidents to be investigated as hate crimes and that the perpetrators be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Rajkumar said in a statement.

“We will educate all on Sikh culture so that everyone know as I do the generosity and kindness embedded in the Sikh American community,”  Rajkumar, who is a former Director of Immigration for NY State, added.

The attack happened “very close” to the area where an elderly Sikh man was punched in an unprovoked assault on April 3.

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