A hate crime victim gets justice

A hate crime victim gets justice

Three weeks after he was brutally assaulted in a hate crime, Maan Singh Khalsa saw the first rays of justice coming his way. On Friday, Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office charged two men from Texas with felony assaults with hate crime enhancements.

The assault that had taken place on Friday, September 25 when the 41-year-old was returning home. Some men driving by first threw beer cans towards Mr Khalsa’s car. Then they charged towards him and assaulted him. They also cut off the unshorn hair that he is mandated to have as part of his Sikh faith. He also sustained injuries on his eyes, jaws and a pinky finger. He was left with damaged nerves, a black eye and a broken finger. In fact, his finger got infected afterwards and will need to be amputated.

Contra Costa County deputy district attorney Simon O’Connell said, “The savage cutting of Mr. Khalsa’s unshorn hair, a sacred article of his faith, constitutes a hate crime under the law.” The two accused were also fired from their jobs.

“The assailants violently targeted my Sikh faith. I am thankful to the Richmond Police Department and Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson. He ensured that my attackers were charged with hate crimes.” said Mr. Khalsa. “The charges are the first step to addressing violence and bigotry, which plague communities across the United States.” He believes that every hate crime needs to be investigated, documented and prosecuted.

Sikh Coalition, Sikh community leaders and a coalition of civil rights organizations advocated on behalf of Mr Khalsa. They saw to it that the incident is properly investigated and prosecuted. “No community should be attacked because of their faith, ethnicity, gender or sexuality,” said Harsimran Kaur, legal director of the Sikh Coalition.

Maan Singh is now collecting funds for his medical treatment and other expenses at Crowdera. Help him and become a voice against the increasing number of hate crimes in United States of America.

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  1. I learned little history in school in the US until college when I was blessed with an Indiana Jones style professor (Ken Bruce, De Anza College) who took history into the field at one point accompanying a group of Ronald Reagan supporters to a place where a Native American Chief had cursed all our leaders elected in a zero year in order to successfully lift the supposed curse as evident that Reagan was the first to live on in spite of it.
    After meeting with Maan Singh Khalsa I’m left with a vision of Sikh’s visiting primary classrooms annually and delivering a brief history of the Sikh faith, and Indian regional history. What I have learned is truly exhilarating and it would be unavoidable to become enthusiastic about history and learning more of all cultures and their impacts on the world

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