After the CCTV footages have come out where a turban man was attacked by the hammer in Brooklyn, the Indian community is demanding to investigate the crime as hate crime. The community is of the view that the attack was motivated by hate, due to his religious attire, specially his turban.
The video that were also circulating on social media and many news portals shows that Sumit Ahluwalia (32) while entering the lobby of the hotel (where he works as operation manager) was attacked from the behind. The victim Sikh man has received minor injuries in this incident.
The suspect then ran off from the spot.
Ahluwalia in one of his interview to the CBS2, told that the suspect took out hammer from his bucket and banged on his head with intensity. He also said that suspect yelled at him and also uttered the hate words related to skin expressing dislike.
Members of the South Asian and Sikh Community had held a meeting regarding this issue on last Saturday.
City Council Member Anderinne Adam said that they will stand up against the hate. Police said that they are investigating the case but Indian community wants investigation from the angel of hate crime.
The cases of hate crime in the area have increased this year. It was said that there were 68 hate crime incidents till last week as compare to 15 during 2020 in this period.
He had immigrated to India two years back and is father of two.
Apart from such hate crimes, the Indian Americans under Biden rules are at key position. There are least 55 Indian-Americans to key leadership positions in US administration ranging from speech writer to Biden and at NASA, to almost every wing of the government.
Indian-American scientist Swati Mohan leads the guidance, navigation, and control operations of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission. Vice President (Kamala Harris), Biden’s speech writer (Vinay Reddy) are among the top Indian-Americans at key positions.
Biden, who was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, has created history by appointing at least 55 Indian-Americans to key positions in his administration. Out of 55, nearly half of them are women and a sizable number of them are working in the White House.