September 23, 2013
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned an apparent hate crime against Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a professor at Columbia University.
The attack occurred near 110th Street and Lenox Avenue on Saturday evening where a small mob of more than a dozen people reportedly beat the professor while making references to Osama Bin Laden and terrorism.
“We are shocked and appalled to hear the news that Dr. Singh, who has been a thoughtful voice on anti-Sikh hate crimes, was a victim of a brutal and senseless act of hate in his own neighborhood,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director. “The attack on Dr. Singh appears to be motivated simply because of his traditional Sikh dress and we are confident that the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force will take the investigation seriously.”
In June 2013, following advocacy with other coalition partners, ADL welcomed a proposal by the FBI to separately report hate crimes directed against Sikhs, Arabs, and Hindus and cited specific evidence that these communities have been targeted for bias-motivated violence.
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