A Sikh man who is a professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, was attacked on Saturday night around 110th Street and Lenox Avenue in Manhattan. Dr. Prabhjot Singh said that “he was confronted by more than a dozen teens on bicycles who shouted slurs before attacking him,” according to NBC New York.
Dr. Singh has a Sikh beard and was wearing a turban. He described the attack: “I heard ‘Get Osama’ and then ‘terrorists,’ and then the next thing I felt was someone moving past me, ripping at my beard and then hitting me in the chin.”
Dr. Singh added that he tried to run away but was punched in the face and other parts of his body. Even when he was on the ground, he was punched and kicked. His jaw was fractured, but Dr. Singh credits a passerby for helping him. He said, “There’s no doubt in my mind it was a bias-related event.” The police are investigating the crime.
Further, Dr. Singh is worried that his attackers will “disappear into the neighborhood.” Last year, he and Simran Jeet Singh wrote an op-ed in the NY Times after the Milwaukee Sikh temple shooting, noting, “The legacy of anti-Sikh violence and its contemporary prevalence make it painfully obvious that anti-Sikh violence is often purposeful and targeted.”
Besides his work at Columbia, his SIPA bio says, “Domestically, he focuses on developing community-based health care delivery systems, where he is a practicing doctor in East Harlem.”
Prabhjot Singh, an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, underwent surgery on his jaw after he was attacked Saturday night by 25 to 30 young men who called him a terrorist.
Prabhjot Singh, 31, who has written articles about violence toward Sikhs in America, was the target of the vicious assault just blocks from his Harlem home.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
“There was a group of 25 to 30 young men. One of them said, ‘Get him, Osama,’” Singh, who suffered a fractured jaw, told the Daily News on Sunday night. “I got punched directly in the face about three times.”
‘I got punched directly in the face about three times,’ says Prabhjot Singh, shown Sunday after he was beaten up by a group of young men near Central Park.
Singh, who has a beard and wears a turban, said he was on the ground being kicked when passersby intervened, saving him.
The attack happened about 8:15 p.m. Saturday as Singh and a friend were walking along 110th St. and Lenox Ave.
The badly injured professor was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he underwent surgery on his jaw.
Columbia University professor Prabhjot Singh has written about violence toward Sikhs in America — and on Saturday was the target of a vicious assault just blocks from his Harlem home.
Singh serves as an associate professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia.
“It’s incredibly sad,” Singh said. “It’s not the neighborhood I know. I work in this community. It’s just not American.”
“It’s important that they are caught and be held responsible for what they did,” Singh said.
But he added it was more crucial for people to understand that Sikhs are peaceful and should not be confused with radical Islamics.
“I’ve written about this in the past,” Singh said. “But it’s one thing to go from writing about something to receiving an assault. It’s scary.”
Originally Published By: New York Daily News