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A Punjab origin Sikh man was brutally assaulted in a hate crime by a white man who pulled his beard, kicked and punched him in the face at a the US store.
Harwinder Singh Dodd works at a convenience store in the US State of Oregon. He was racially targeted on Monday by Andrew Ramsey. The youth, Ramsey, is 24-year-old. Ramsey targeted Dodd because of his perception of Dodd’s religion, FOX 12 TV news reported, citing a document of the court.
Ramsey wanted rolling papers for cigarettes. However, he did not have an ID and the clerk would not sell them to him. Justin Brecht, a legislative policy adviser in the Oregon State Capitol and a former combat Marine was quoted as saying and spelled this to be the reason.
When Dodd asked Ramsey to leave, he attacked him by pulling his beard. Then he punched him in the face, pulling him to the ground and kicking him, Brecht said. He added that they held Ramsey down until officers got there, the report said.
“Dodd was profusely bleeding. He had gotten punched quite a bit in the face, and kicked on the ground and thrown to the ground very brutally. It was very serious.” Ramsey has been charged with a hate crime.
Hate crimes, particularly, against the South Asians have gone up in the last few months more so after Trump became the president
He added that he threw his shoe at Dodd and tried to steal his head covering. He was also charged with assault in the fourth degree, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.
Hate crimes have gone up by 40 per cent in Oregon from 2016 to 2017, according to the FBI.
In August 2018, two Sikh men were brutally assaulted in the US State of California.
Last year, the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) published a report documenting a 45 per cent increase in hate crimes and rhetoric against Indians, Sikhs, and South Asian Americans from the year prior.