Hate crime: American Sikh racially attacked in Chicago

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Chicago: A day before the United States commemorates the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an elderly American Sikh was hospitalised after an assailant attacked him in Chicago, dubbing him a “terrorist”.

013f71504b194879b7809cff4c37e1ceThe racially-motivated attack occurred when Inderjit Singh Mukker was on his way to a grocery store on Tuesday night, as quoted in the Sikh Coalition.

As reported, “An unknown man passing by in his car allegedly started abusing Mukker by calling him “Terrorist!” and “Bin Laden!” and yelled “Go back to your country!”.

After continuous tailgating, Mukker decided to pull over the car. The assailant also stopped his vehicle, charged towards Mukker and threw several punches at him.

Fifty-three-year-old Mukker was left unconscious and was later taken to a hospital. He was treated for a fractured cheekbone, bruising and blood loss. He got six stitches for the lacerations on his face. Police said the alleged assailant has been arrested.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mukker told, “No American should be afraid to practice their faith in our country.”

He added, “I am thankful for the swift response of authorities to apprehend the individual, but without this being fully investigated as a hate crime, we risk ignoring the horrific pattern of intolerance, abuse and violence that Sikhs and other minority communities in this country continue to face.”

In a similar incident of racial discrimination in the US, Sandeep Singh, a Sikh father in New York City, was run over and dragged 30 feet after being called a “terrorist” in August 2015. In 2012 also, a gunman with stormed into a Gurudwara and killed six Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

With Inputs from IANS