Indian American Professor Attacked in Apparent Hate Crime

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State and federal law enforcement authorities in New York City are investigating an alleged hate crime that has left an Indian American Columbia University assistant professor hospitalized.

Dr. Prabhjot Singh, who wears a turban and beard in adherence to his Sikh faith, says he was walking in Harlem on the evening of Sept. 21 when a large group of teenagers shouted "get Osama" and "terrorist" as they surrounded him on bicycles and then attacked him.

Singh and members of Columbia University SEWA, The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Sikh Coalition, and other members of the greater New York City community planned to hold a press conference to discuss the implications of this incident and how the community can move forward.

"There were about 20 of them," Singh, who is an assistant professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, stated in a press release. "A few surrounded me, started punching me and pulling my beard."

The attack occurred near 110th St. and Lennox Ave. Shortly after the incident, a Muslim woman was attacked a few blocks away. There were several witnesses to both incidents.