Yelling “Terrorist!” “Bin Laden!” “Go back to your country!”, a Sikh-American man was brutally assaulted days before the anniversary of 9/11 attacks in US. Inderjit Singh Mukker, on his way to a grocery store in his Chicago suburb, pulled over his car when a vehicle in front kept tailgating him.
Kukker thought that the person in the other car would just drive past but the driver of the other car got out and repeatedly punched him in his face. Mukker lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital, where he received treatment for a fractured cheekbone, bruising and blood loss, along with six stitches for the lacerations on his face.
“No American should be afraid to practice their faith in our country,” Mukker said.
“I’m thankful for the authorities’ swift response 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.”
The community based organisation, Sikh Coalition’s legal director Harsimran Kaur said, the group believes that Mukker was “targeted and assaulted because of his religious appearance, race or national origin. We request an immediate investigation and call on local and federal agencies to investigate this attack as a hate crime, Kaur said.