In the November 1984 Sikh Genocide, Sikh males were targeted because of their Turbans.
In this picture you can see a Sikh male who has been beaten with rods and is held down, his hair forcibly cut and beard shaved off….. he is then clubbed to death.
They took his identity before they killed him.
PRESS RELEASE #SikhTurban84
In remembrance of the victims of the 1984 Sikh Genocide, the#SikhTurban84 campaign by Miri Piri Foundation in conjunction with Sikh Channel encourages social media users to post pictures of themselves wearing turbans along with the hashtag #SikhTurban84
The 1984 Anti-Sikh Genocide refers to the harrowing episode which commenced on 31 October, 1984 across India.
In the capital alone, over ten thousands members of the Sikh community were butchered, beaten and burned alive. Easily identifiable due to their turbans, Sikh males were targetted with ease whilst the law enforcement agencies turned a blind eye or actively participated in the carnage. Sikhs were further targetted at their homes through voter lists identifying the names Singh and Kaur, used almost exclusively by male and female Sikhs respectively. Females were kidnapped, brutally gang raped and killed by the Government sponsored mobs.
This event was the most deadly in the violent history of Delhi and remains highly controversial. Thirty-one years later, the instigators and perpetrators remain unpunished despite the evidence of various survivors and human rights groups that the Genocide was orchestrated by officials of the Congress Party with the connivance of Delhi administration and police. Anti-Sikh violence was not restricted to Delhi but also took place in other states such as Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Speaking about the events in December 2014, the Indian Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated the massacre of Sikhs in 1984 was a genocide and that thise who had a role in the carnage are yet to be punished.
In rememberance and recognition of the victims who were identified and killed as a result of their turbans, coupled with the many instances where their turbans were removed as a final act of humiliation prior to their deaths, an appeal is being made to the global freedom and peace loving community to stand in solidarity with the victims of the 1984 Sikh Genocide by taking a photograph wearing a turban and uploading it onto social media with the hashtag #SikhTurban84