Ottawa: As per media reports a Sikh man’s turban ripped by two white men in racial attack. They shouted racial slurs and threatened him with a knife.
Apart from robbing him and tearing the turban off his head, the two threatened him with a knife. They also hurled racial slurs at him, the report said on Tuesday.
As per report published in The Tribune, two suspects, described as white men by police, approached the victim at 11:25 p.m. while he waited for a bus.
They asked the man about his ethnicity and spoke about cutting his beard and hair, police said.
“They also asked him whether he’d ever cut his hair or his beard, so, that’s pretty specific, so at a minimum we’re suggesting at this point that there were some racial overtones to this”, Police said.
Police said the suspects then assaulted the man, dragged him on the ground and threatened him.They also removed and stole the victim’s turban, as well as his phone and bus pass.
The World Sikh Organisation (WSO) of Canada said it is deeply disturbed by the attack.
“We are shocked by the attack on a Sikh in Ottawa last week. We had feared that recent accusations of extremism and radicalism against the Sikh community would lead to a rise in intolerance against Sikhs,” WSO President Mukhbir Singh said.
The forcible removal of a Sikh’s turban is considered the greatest insult a Sikh can be subjected to and is being taken very seriously by the community, Singh added.
Meanwhile, political leaders of both the democratic and conservative parties in Canada have condemned the attack, adding that the Sikh community in Canada have for “long stood on guard for our freedom and have helped to build our country for well over a century. Shame on those responsible.