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Sikh News Violent Assault On Sikh Student In Texas

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A Sikh graduate student was thrown into a swimming pool and brutally assaulted in West Texas. The Coalition is taking action to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Swimming For His Life
The young man (identity withheld for his protection) held a part-time job delivering pizzas to ease the burden of his college expenses. He brought pizzas into a home on a delivery and four men took the pizza. Without paying, they began eating, while at the same time hurling racial epithets at the Sikh man and threatening him.

"I'm going to **** you up in Iraq, I'm going to **** you up in Afghanistan, I'm going to **** you up over here."

The men then grabbed the Sikh student and threw him into a swimming pool. The four attackers surrounded the pool, kicking him in the head and body. Every time he tried to escape, they would stomp or hit at him. For 20 minutes, he swam for his life trying to escape. He eventually seized an opportunity to flee and barely made it to his car with two men in pursuit.

The Sikh man went to the hospital to address his injuries the next day. He is now doing better physically, but is still emotionally scarred because his attackers have been roaming free.

Local Police Do Little
Though the local police were called shortly after the attack, they failed to respond adequately. The police classified the incident as a misdemeanor, which means that the attackers may not have to serve any jail time.

The attackers' behavior put this young man's life at risk. To our knowledge local charges have still not been filed. The Sikh Coalition and the victim are appalled at this lack of action by local police.

The local police also did not file the incident as a hate crime. It is clear from the attackers' references to 'bin Laden' and 'Go back to Afghanistan' and the fact that they kicked off his turban that this assault targeted not only him as an individual, but his Sikh identity.

Coalition Takes Action
Harsimran Kaur, the Sikh Coalition's Legal Director, contacted the local police department demanding the men be charged with hate crimes. Although the local police department refused to prosecute the perpetrators, the Sikh Coalition did not give up. We immediately contacted the Department of Justice (DOJ). We are pleased that the DOJ is currently investigating the matter as a possible federal hate crime.

"I was terrified that I would die that night," the victim said. "No one should have to endure something like this just because of their religion, ethnicity or appearance. I am grateful that the Sikh Coalition intervened or else I surely would have not gotten any serious response from any of the law enforcement agencies."

Moving Forward
Because criminal charges have not been brought against this young Sikh's attackers, they remain free to live in the town where he was attacked. The student has received numerous death threats over the past few months. He recently fled the town and has moved into a new home. The young man intends to continue his education at another university.

The Sikh Coalition will keep the community informed as the criminal matter moves forward. Due to the sensitive nature of the case we have been asked not to release personal information at this time.

The Coalition continues to encourage all Sikhs to fearlessly practice their faith and stand up for their rights.
 

spnadmin

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I think Kanwardeep Singh ji has a point because this happened in a part of the US where fundamentalists, yokels and extreme conservatives abound. Sometimes the citizens are fundamentalists, yokels and extreme conservatives all at the same time, and often they are the police force in a town.

This happened in West Texas - it explains a lot. If you are from UK, or Europe, you may not see what I see in this story. West Texas is one big desert/prairie hit by violent and destructive tornados for half the year. It is still a rural setting where people are isolated and like it that way. The people there are proud of their conservative life style. Whatever that is supposed to mean!

There is no federalization of police in the US. It is completely a local operation. State police and FBI have a different mandate. So the fact that the attackers were charged with a misdemeanor only is a scandal but it does not surprise me. In small town USA and in some big cities in Texas, Arizona, etc some people act like they are still riding horses and out looking for cattle rustlers to rope up from a tree. Wrong turns are made all the time. And the fact is that some are still riding horses and looking for "varmits." No exaggeration. It is the home of Christian Identity movements and enclaves.

I would not myself travel in West Texas alone without companions and a good V6 engine, a tank full of gas, and a gun under the car seat.

Apologies from my country. We are not all that way.
 

Tejwant Singh

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Narayanjot ji,

Guru Fateh.

Well said.

I used to travel all around Texas, Florida, Georgia in a rental station wagon when I was in the clothing business. Fortunately, I never suffered from anything like that because I was at a hotel when this poor Sikh chap was delivering pizza and was trying to make an honest living.

I was stopped by the Highway Patrol and the Border Patrol many times though and they all asked me the same question, which seemed in a joking manner but was not," How many illegal aliens are you carrying under those garment bags?"

Tejwant Singh

PS: Just out of curiousity, what kind of gun do you carry under your seat?:)
 

spnadmin

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Narayanjot ji,

Guru Fateh.

Well said.

I used to travel all around Texas, Florida, Georgia in a rental station wagon when I was in the clothing business. Fortunately, I never suffered from anything like that because I was at a hotel when this poor Sikh chap was delivering pizza and was trying to make an honest living.

I was stopped by the Highway Patrol and the Border Patrol many times though and they all asked me the same question, which seemed in a joking manner but was not," How many illegal aliens are you carrying under those garment bags?"

Tejwant Singh

PS: Just out of curiousity, what kind of gun do you carry under your seat?:)

Well - gulp!!! I think you know it is a 357 Magnum. Don't tell anyone. P/S but never in Pennsylvania.
 

Gyani Jarnail Singh

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BTW these LOUTS could have "beaten up" a white delivery boy just as easily....BUT in that case there would be no hue and cry....LOts of such want to eat Free Pizzas....it just happened the delivery boy was Sikh !!
 
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