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Sikh man assaulted, hair cut with knife in alleged hate crime in California

Maan Singh Khalsa was brutally assaulted on his way home

New York, Oct 8 (UITV)- Mann Singh Khalsa, a 41-year-old Sikh-American IT professional in California was reportedly brutally beaten by some unknown miscreants who violently knocked off his turban and allegedly cut his religiously mandated hair with knife in Richmond city of the United States.

According to reports, victim said that five to six white men in their 20s threw a beer can at his car. He said they pulled his head out of the window and cut a fistful of his hair with knife. The assault has now resulted in stitches, a swollen black eye, dental injuries which will require surgeries, and an infected finger which may require an amputation.

The incident later prompted a civil rights organization to demand a hate crime investigation into the incident.

Sikh Coalition Legal Director, Harsimran Kaur urged authorities to fully investigate “this hateful attack” on Khalsa and his Sikh identity.

“The purpose of a hate crime investigation and prosecution is to ensure that our government and communities accurately account for the problem of bias in our society,” Kaur said.

Following which, the Sikh civil rights organization has also written to the Richmond Police Department and the Contra Costa County district attorney’s office a hate crime investigation and prosecution in the case.

The Sikh Coalition said that in the 15 years that have followed 9/11, Sikhs remain hundreds of times more likely to be targeted in cases of profiling, bigotry and backlash than the average American. The Sikh Center’s leaders say emotionally, too, is the pain of having one’s hair cut which violates Sikh beliefs.