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Friday, June 06, 2008

Sikh student attacked in Queens

A student in Queens was attacking by a classmate this week, and it could be bias crime.

The photo above was taken of Jagmohan Singh Premi the day after the attack.

Authorities say another student tried to remove his turban before punching him in the face. It happened at Richmond Hill High School....

Critics say Richmond Hill High School has a problem. They say Sikh students are routinely harassed and that the Department of Education needs to do more about it. What happened on Tuesday, they say, is only the latest incident.

Premi says it went on for months, from taunting to harassment at the hands of a fellow student. He says he was punched in the eye after the student tried to remove his turban. It happened at his ESL class, where he had been trying to learn English.

"I am sad this could happen in America," he told reporters. "I need my school to protect me."

Jagmohan is one of thousands of New Yorkers who practice Sikhism, an Indian religion that forbids men to shave or cut their hair, which must be worn in a turban.

Activists claim that half the Sikh students at Richmond Hill High School have been harassed and that school officials have done little or nothing about it. [Link]

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