In yet another apparent hate-crime against the community in US, a 41-year old Sikh-American IT specialist was brutally attacked by some men, who knocked off his turban and allegedly cut his religiously-mandated unshorn hair with a knife. Maan Singh Khalsa, was driving home on the night of September 25, when a group of men in car threw a beer can at his vehicle. "Khalsa drove away from the scene but the men followed him and assaulted him through his open car window, knocking off his Sikh turban and hitting his face repeatedly," according to a statement from The Sikh Coalition, the nation's largest Sikh civil rights organisation.
Khalsa said there were "five to six white males in their late 20s to early 30s", who abused him and three of them then attacked him physically.
Shouting that Khalsa's hair should be cut off, the men pulled his head out of the window, and cut a fistful of his religiously-mandated unshorn hair with a knife, the complaint alleged.
He sustained injuries to his fingers, hands, eye and teeth.
"The attackers caused physical injuries and deep harm when they targeted my Sikh faith," Khalsa said in a press statement.
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.