Two Sikh men were attacked Tuesday in an alleged hate crime in the Richmond Hills neighborhood of New York, US. India’s Consulate General in New York has condemned the attack, calling it “deplorable”, and said they were in contact with police investigating the incident.
One person has been arrested in connection with the crime, the company said.
The attack on the two men – who were taking an early morning walk – reportedly took place in the same location where a community member was attacked 10 days ago.
— India in New York (@IndiainNewYork) Apr 12, 2022
According to local media reports, two suspects beat the men with a pole and took off their turbans.
New York Attorney General Letitia James condemned the attack, tweeting: “Another hateful attack on our Sikh community in Richmond Hill. Both individuals responsible should be brought to justice. Anyone with information about this should be immediately contact @NYPDnews.”
NY State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, the first Punjabi American ever elected to the New York State Office, said there has been an “alarming 200% increase in hate crimes against the Sikh community” in recent years.
“I spoke to my Sikh-American family with the NYPD shortly after both incidents this week. I call for both incidents to be investigated as hate crimes and for the perpetrators to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Ms Rajkumar . in a statement.
My statement on today’s attack on two Sikh Americans in Richmond Hill pic.twitter.com/nzPz6hxxwT
— Jenifer Rajkumar (@JeniferRajkumar) Apr 12, 2022
“We will educate everyone about Sikh culture so that everyone, like me, knows the generosity and kindness embedded in the Sikh American community,” added Ms Rajkumar, former director of immigration for New York State. .
Delhi-based Sikh leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa, who shared a video of the two Sikh men, called for an investigation into the alleged hate crime.
2nd attack on 2 Sikhs in exactly the same location in Richmond Hill in 10 days
Apparently targeted hate attacks against Sikhs will continue in the future. We condemn this with harsh words. These must be investigated and perpetrators held accountable @IndiainNewYork@USAndIndiapic.twitter.com/Ld0RIxIeNn
— Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) Apr 12, 2022
The attack comes almost 10 days after an elderly Sikh man was reportedly attacked in the same area.
Images shared on social media showed the elderly Sikh person wearing a bloodied turban, face and clothing after the attack that took place on April 4.
In January this year, a Sikh taxi driver was attacked at JFK International Airport, with the attacker reportedly calling him “people in turbans” and asking him to “go back to your country”.