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Sikh man thrashed in US, told to return to 'His Own Country'
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Sikh man thrashed in US, told to return to 'His Own Country'



In yet another addition to the ever increasing cases of racism, a Sikh man was allegedly assaulted by two white men in Keyes in California and was told to head back to his country. They shouted, "You’re not welcome here! Go back to your country!” Reportedly, the two men hit the Sikh man repeatedly with a rod and even threw dirt in his eyes. They also wrote a racist message on his truck with a spray paint.

An acquaintance of the victim shared a picture of the spray-painted car on Facebook, describing the assault. "Beaten with a rod on his head and they also threw dirt in his eyes…Fortunately he is okay physically due to his turban protecting his head…,” the Facebook post read. The racist message was spray-painted on his car in large black letters with the words "Go back to ur country” alongside an image of a Celtic cross, one of the most commonly used symbols by white supremacists.
 
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said the assault is being investigated as a hate crime. "This is a random despicable criminal act against a member of the Sikh community," Christianson said.

Sheriff Sergeant Tom Letras said the 50-year-old victim was placing signs for local candidates when two white men wearing black hooded sweatshirts ambushed him and beat him to the ground. 

He was struck multiple times as the assailants screamed, "You're not welcome here!" and "Go back to your country!" They then spray painted his truck, Letras said. "This is a heinous crime and we are aggressively investigating it," Letras said.

The victim required medical attention so an ambulance was called and he treated on scene for cuts and other wounds. According to a Facebook post, the man was beaten on the head with a rod. But he escaped major injury because of his turban, which is traditionally worn by Sikh men.
 
Earlier, Sikh Attorney-General of the US state of New Jersey Gurbir Grewal was attacked by two hosts of a talk radio programme, Malloy and Franco  who refused address him by his name and called him a ‘Turban Man’. "Turban man!” Franco said, imitating a condom company’s slogan. Malloy too chimed in saying "Yeah, turban man. And listen if that offends you, then don’t wear the turban, man. I’ll remember your name.”
 
Hate crimes against the Sikh community have raised alarm in the Central Valley numerous times over the years. After 9/11, a spate of local crimes against Sikh people were attributed to misplaced anti-Muslim bigotry.

The valley has one of the largest and oldest Sikh populations in the US. The first Sikh temple, or gurdwara, in America opened in Stockton in 1912. There are an estimated 500,000 Sikhs in the US and 25 million worldwide making it the fifth most popular religion.

Earlier, The Sikh Coalition, a national Sikh advocacy and civil rights group, issued a statement saying they were seeing a "new wave of hate crimes" against the Sikh community. It reported that Sikhs in the US are experiencing an average of one hate crime per week since the start of 2018.
 

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