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British Sikh racially abused, branded ‘Muslim terrorist’ at Polish club

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London:  A British Sikh was spat at, punched in the face and branded a “Muslim terrorist” as he tried to enter a Polish nightclub in Krakow last month, a media report said on Thursday.

Nav Sawhney, 25, travelled to Poland’s Krakow city on November 27 for a weekend with a friend when he was subjected to a verbal and physical attack by the nightclub bouncer, the Evening Standard reported.

Sawhney along with friends decided to visit the club after reading positive reviews about it. But when the group arrived there, Sawhney’s friends, who are all white, were allowed into the club while he was refused entry.

“The bouncer stopped me and said I was not allowed in. I asked why very calmly and after a few minutes passed, he was shouting at me and spitting at me and was very aggressive,” Sawhney said.

“My friend came down the stairs (in the club) and asked why I was not allowed in. It was said that there was a dress code. But my friend said we are dressed exactly the same.”

“(The bouncer) pointed at my turban and said ‘that hat, Muslim terrorist’. They were being really aggressive,” the daily quoted him as saying.

The 25-year-old decided to shake hands with the bouncers when Sawhney said he was punched in the face with such force that it caused his turban to come off and fall to the ground.

“I am thick skinned, but it was at that point when my turban came off and I was called a terrorist, I knew it was racially motivated.”

Police arrived 30 minutes later, but told Sawhney and his friend to keep off the streets as it was unsafe.

A spokesperson for the club in Krakow said Sawhney was refused entry into the club, along with many Poles, because it was full and said they treat “everyone equally”.

“Nav was not being offended, spat at or beaten. Nevertheless, having in mind your doubts, security guards who were on duty that night were suspended immediately from performing their duties until the situation is clarified by the police,” the spokesperson added.

In a message on Sawhney’s Facebook page, a spokesperson from Polish embassy in Britain said: “We are very sorry about what happened to you.”

(IANS)

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Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra Faces an Unpleasant Experience of ‘Racism’ at Sydney Airport

Along with the note, Shilpa Shetty Kundra also posted a picture of her bag and asked her followers "whether it is oversized or not"

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Shilpa Shetty faces racism at Sydney airport. (Wikimedia commons)

Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Sunday alleged that she faced an unpleasant experience for being “brown” at the Sydney airport over her cabin luggage. Upset by an official who was curt, she says people’s tone must not change with preference to colour.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra, who dealt with racism in 2007 when she was a contestant on the fifth season of the British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” — which she went on to win — faced the latest experience while boarding a plane for Melbourne from Sydney.

The 43-year-old took to Instagram to share the ordeal with a Qantas Airways lady staff member over a cabin luggage, which was deemed as ‘oversized’ at the check-in counter.

A furious Shilpa wrote: “At the check-in counter, met a grumpy Mel (that’s her name) who decided it was ‘okay’ to speak curtly to ‘us’ (brown people!) travelling together. I was flying business and had 2 bags (my allowance) and she insisted and decided my half empty duffel bag was oversized (to check-in), so she sent us to check it in at the other counter dealing with ‘oversized luggage’.

“There a polite lady (yes this one was) said, ‘This is not an oversized bag, please check this in manually if you can at another counter’ (all this happening while the counter is going to shut in five minutes).

Shilpa Shetty Kundra
Shilpa Shetty Kundra.

“As the manual check-in wasn’t going through for five minutes (we tried), I went upto Mel and requested her to put the bag through as her colleague said it wasn’t an oversized bag. She refused again… Just being adamant especially when I told her this is causing a lot of inconvenience.

“We had no time to waste so we ran to the oversized baggage counter and requested her to put the bag through which she did after I told her that rude Mel had issues! To which another colleague joined in and reiterated my duffle wasn’t oversized and could’ve easily been checked in.”

The “Dhadkan” actress said her intention to narrate her experience is to make Qantas Airways take cognisance of the matter.

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“Their staff must be taught to be helpful and tone can’t change with preference to colour. ‘We’ are not pushovers and they must know that being callous and rude will not be tolerated,” she added.

Along with the note, Shilpa Shetty Kundra also posted a picture of her bag and asked her followers “whether it is oversized or not”. (IANS)

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