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Prabjot Singh: Attack on Sikh Professor Mistaken of Muslim



Professor Prabhjot Singh, 31, was punched in the face around three times

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Attack on Sikh Professor Mistaken of Muslim


The Saturday evening attack on a Columbia professor by a mob in the street is being treated as a hate crime. Prabjot Singh, a Sikh, was mistaken for a Muslim in upper Manhattan due to his traditional turban and beard. The thirty-one year old professor of international and public affairs was taking a routine evening walk when he was attacked mere blocks away from his Harlem home by a group of more than twenty men on bikes.

The twenty-five to thirty men were shouting accusations of terrorism and phrases such as "Get Osama!" as they brutally attacked him. He lost a number of teeth and sustained a fractured jaw as well as other injuries before a passerby intervened, possibly saving his life. He underwent surgery for his jaw at Mount Sinai Hospital where he was taken following the assault. The suspects in the attack are still at large.

"I got punched directly in the face about three times," Singh said, adding that he was on the ground being kicked when passersby intervened, saving him. 

"I'm grateful to them," said Singh, who is married and has a young son.

Incidentally, Singh has previously commented in the New York Times on anti-Sikh violence because their turbans and beards have previously caused them to mistaken for radical Muslims. He as also written several articles on the subject as well. Following the attack he again expressed the importance of understanding that Sikhs are peaceful people.

Sean is a London (Ontario) based writer, and has been writing full-time for eCanadaNow since May of 2005, covering Canadian topics and world issues. Since 2009, Sean has been the lead editor for eCanadaNow. Prior to his work writing and editing for the eCanadaNow, he worked as a freelancer for several Canadian newspapers.. You can contact Sean at {Sean at] Google


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