While Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the issue with his UK counterpart, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has decided to invite all foreign ambassadors in Delhi and apprise them of Sikhs’ unique identity with an aim to avert any such incidents in future.
A teenaged girl, who was accompanied by three men, had attacked an elderly Sikh in the British city of Coventry on August 10. The girl had knocked down the man who hailed from Canley, a neighborhood city.
Reacting to the incident, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar told TOI over phone from Srinagar on Sunday that Manmohan Singh should take up the issue on priority with his UK counterpart. “The incident has shaken the community,” said Makkar. He said SGPC would also lodge its protest with the UK high commissioner in India.
Condemning the incident, DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK said the committee had decided to hold a seminar and invite all foreign ambassadors in the national capital so they could be told about the unique Sikh identity. “The incident is nothing but a hate crime, which should be stopped,” he said. GK said he would be visiting UK in September to meet the elderly Sikh and his family and assure him of support.
Terming the attack as yet another shameful example of hate crime, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab today urged the Prime Minister to take up the matter with the UK government at the earliest. “The attack is unfortunate and horrifying and has shaken the Sikh community world over,” SAD secretary and spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said.
Chief of Sikhs’ prominent seminary Damdami Taksal, Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa said, “Someone targeting an elderly Sikh is beyond my imagination.” He said the central government should take cognizance of the incident and take steps to prevent such incidents in future.
Meanwhile, UK-based rights activist and advocate Jas Uppal told TOI over phone, “This unprovoked and brutal attack on an elderly Sikh is beyond comprehension. Thanks to the West Midlands police, the accused was swiftly arrested, charged with assault and remanded in custody following an immediate investigation by the police.”
Originally Published By: TOI
The attack left the elderly Sikh man with black eye and bloody nose.