Sikh victim of vicious racist attack
September 30, 2004
Written by Harmit Athwal
A Sikh human rights activist has been brutally beaten by racists in Coventry.
On 26 September, 34 year-old Jagdeesh Singh was walking home with his 10-year-old nephew from Walsgrave Hospital when he was subjected to a barrage of racist abuse. Two White men then launched a physical attack on Mr Singh – punching him some 30 times, while calling him ‘Bin Laden’ and ‘Paki’.
According to Mr Singh, the attack was the seventh violent racist attack on him in the last ten years, and definitely the worst. ‘On none of these seven occasions has the culprits been punished. They have either escaped or the police have not felt it appropriate to pursue the matter further.’ Mr Singh, who wears a beard and turban, suggested that these visible ‘symbols’ had been the trigger for the attacks.
The latest attack comes at a time, when incidents against Muslims, Sikhs and other visible ethnic minorities are increasing and in recent months, the city of Coventry has been targeted by British National Party propaganda about Muslims and Asians ‘preying on their girls’.
The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.