The assault on a Sikh taxi driver in New York is deeply disturbing. We have taken up the matter with US authorities and urged them to investigate this violent incident. @PMOIndia @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar @IndianEmbassyUS @NYCMayor @NYCMayorsOffice
— India in New York (@IndianNewYork) January 8, 2022
“The attack on a Sikh cab driver in New York is profoundly upsetting.” “We have raised the issue with US authorities and encouraged them to examine this violent event,” the Indian Consulate General in New York tweeted on Saturday.
The assault on a Sikh cab driver at JFK International Airport was described as “very troubling” by India’s Consulate General here, who said it had raised the matter with US authorities and encouraged them to examine the incident.
An undated 26-second video posted on Twitter by Navjot Pal Kaur on January 4 showed a guy attacking a Sikh taxi driver outside the airport.
In a tweet, Kaur stated that the footage was taken by a passerby at the airport.
The individual can be heard allegedly hurling expletives at the victim. He continually hits and punches him, knocking his turban off.
“A passerby at John F. Kennedy International Airport took this footage.” This video does not belong to me. But I just wanted to emphasize the reality that racism persists in our society, and unfortunately, I’ve witnessed Sikh cab drivers abused on multiple occasions, ” Kaur tweeted.
There was no information available regarding the driver or the cause of the accident.
Members of the community have reacted angrily to the video.
“Yet another Sikh cab driver was abused.” This one is in New York’s JFK Airport. It’s heartbreaking to see. But it is critical that we do not turn away. What I am certain of is how upsetting it is to witness our fathers and elderly being assaulted while they are only trying to live an honest life.
“I can’t put into words what it’s like to have your turban knocked off — or to witness someone else’s turban knocked off — for those who aren’t Sikh.” It’s visceral and gut-wrenching to behold, ” Simran Jeet Singh, author and Director of the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project, tweeted.
According to the National Sikh Campaign, “We are only a few days into the new year and there has already been a hate crime perpetrated against a Sikh,” A spectator captured video of an unidentified man assaulting a Sikh taxi driver, eventually pulling off the driver’s turban. ”
“Aside from the video, no other information has been disclosed, but we are all too familiar with this story.” A Sikh goes about their normal lives, only to be attacked senselessly by someone. “Common road rage between people can escalate into violence when someone who is unaware of who we are takes their distaste for our turbans and turns violent,” it read.
This is not the first time a Sikh cab driver in the United States has been assaulted.