Trend reports citing The Tribune India on Friday urged the Ministry of External Affairs to take up the issue of attacks on Sikhs with the US and ensure that appropriate steps are taken to prevent and combat hatred in the US.
In a statement, the commission said that it has taken cognizance of the representation of Sikh organizations from Punjab in connection with the attack on a Sikh in Richmond Hill, New York, USA on April 3.
A Sikh was attacked while walking in Richmond Hill, also known as Little Punjab for its large population of Sikhs and Indian expatriates, the statement said.
He had come to New York from Punjab and has since returned to live with his family.
The NCM said that the President Iqbal Singh Lalpura has expressed concern over the recent reports of increasing such cases.
Accordingly, the Ministry of External Affairs has been requested to take up the matter with their counterparts in the US vide a letter dated 21st April so that these incidents do not recur and to prevent and combat hatred and to secure the security of Sikhs. Appropriate steps should be taken for in America.
Earlier this month, the Consulate General of India in New York condemned the attack on the elderly Sikh, saying it was deeply disturbing and said they were in touch with the police investigating the heinous hate crime.
Nirmal Singh, in his 70s, was allegedly punched in an unprovoked attack on Sunday morning in Richmond Hill, Queens.
In January this year, a Sikh taxi driver was assaulted at New York’s JFK International Airport, with the attacker allegedly wearing a turban and asking him to return to his country.