The US immediately condemned the assault on a Sikh taxi driver on the JFK Worldwide Airport terming it “deeply disturbing”. The State Division stated that range makes the US stronger.
“We’re deeply disturbed by experiences of an obvious assault on a Sikh cab driver at J.F.Okay. airport, captured on video final week. Our range makes the U.S. stronger, & we condemn any type of hate-based violence,” the official Twitter account of the State division for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs posted.
1/2 We’re deeply disturbed by experiences of an obvious assault on a Sikh cab driver at J.F.Okay. airport, captured on video final week. Our range makes the U.S. stronger, & we condemn any type of hate-based violence.
— State_SCA (@State_SCA) January 9, 2022
Emphasising that irrespective of the place such crimes happen, the State Division stated, “All of us have a accountability to carry perpetrators of hate crimes accountable for his or her actions.”
The response got here after the Indian Consulate Normal in New York urged US authorities to analyze the incident.
An undated 26-second video uploaded on Twitter by Navjot Pal Kaur on January 4, confirmed a person assaulting the Sikh taxi driver exterior the airport.
Ms Kaur stated in a tweet that the video was shot by a bystander on the airport.
The individual could be heard allegedly utilizing expletives in opposition to the sufferer. He repeatedly hits and punches him and knocks off his turban.
“This video was taken by a bystander at John F Kennedy Worldwide Airport. I don’t personal the rights to this video. However I simply needed to focus on the truth that hatred continues to stay in our society and sadly, I’ve seen Sikh cab drivers get assaulted time and again,” Ms Kaur tweeted.
The US State division has stated that it’s going to examine the incident and maintain the perpetrators accountable.
“All of us have a accountability to carry perpetrators of hate crimes accountable for his or her actions, irrespective of the place such crimes happen,” the division stated in a tweet.
This isn’t the primary time a Sikh taxi driver has been assaulted within the US.
An Indian-origin Sikh Uber driver was in 2019 assaulted and racially abused within the US state of Washington in a suspected hate crime.
The driving force instructed the police that he believes his race promoted the assault.
In 2017, a 25-year-old Sikh cab driver in New York was assaulted and his turban knocked off by drunk passengers.