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Sikh taxi driver verbally abused, assaulted outside New York airport

The incident took place outside the John F Kennedy International Airport. The attacker repeatedly punched the Sikh driver and knocked off his turban.

January 08, 2022 / 02:28 PM IST
A passerby filmed a video of a man abusing the Sikh cab driver outside the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York. (Screengrab from video tweeted by @navjotpkaur)

A passerby filmed a video of a man abusing the Sikh cab driver outside the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York. (Screengrab from video tweeted by @navjotpkaur)

In a yet another case of suspected hate crime, an Indian-origin Sikh taxi driver in the United States has been assaulted by an unidentified man, who knocked off his turban and also used expletives against him outside the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City according to a video on social media.

The undated 26-second video was uploaded by Navjot Pal Kaur on micro-blogging site Twitter on January 4, showing a man assaulting the Sikh taxi driver outside the airport. She said the video was shot by a bystander at the airport. The person can be heard allegedly using expletives against the victim. He repeatedly hits and punches him and knocks off his turban.

This video was taken by a bystander at John F Kennedy International Airport. “I do not own the rights to this video. But I just wanted to highlight the fact that hatred continues to remain in our society and unfortunately I've seen Sikh cab drivers get assaulted again and again,” Kaur tweeted.

Further details about the driver or the cause of the incident were not available.