LONDON, UK—A Sikh was attacked today outside of UK Parliament building. Ravneet Singh, EcoSikh’s South Asia Project Manager, was attacked and his turban was pulled by an individual while he uttered racial slurs.
Ravneet Singh, South Asia project manager of EcoSikh, who hails from Ludhiana in Punjab, told The Indian Express over phone that he was waiting outside MP’s office to meet him when a man came running towards him and started shaking his turban with both hands. He also attacked him on his neck. Before running back, he shouted, ‘Muslim, go back.’ EcoSikh is an organization based in the United States working on environmental related issues in many countries including India.
Ravneet Singh further said, “At first I thought he must be mentally unwell. But soon the attack turned more aggressive. He held my turban with both hands and kept shaking it. My turban was almost down to my face. Then he also tried to injure my neck. I kept shouting what’s this, stop it. He did not budge. Soon security guards were there and he ran away. But we could hear what he was shouting. What we heard was ‘Muslim go back’…It was not English but some other language. But these three words were clearly there.”
Ravneet Singh and his colleague Jaspreet Singh from India were waiting in a queue to meet the Sikh MP Tan Dhesi of Slough at Westminster. The EcoSikh team were to meet Tan Dhesi regarding the upcoming World Sikh Environment Day on March 14 and establishing EcoSikh as an environmental charity in UK.
Tan Dhesi strongly condemned this attack and said that he will follow up with the police to prevent this kind of attacks on Sikhs.
Dhesi tweeted “Disgusted to discover today that someone filled with hatred tried to pull off the turban of one of my guests standing in line outside @UKParliament. I hope the @metpoliceuk /authorities will take urgent action.”
The police immediately approached Ravneet Singh and recorded his statement. The police also informed that the incident was recorded in the CCTV camera and they will find out the attacker.
Ravneet Singh said, “I am not sure why he was shouting at us and why did he attack my turban. The Sikh community is working hard on the teachings of Guru Nanak and trying to serve and help the world. We are still being attacked as people and racially motivated violence engulfs members of the Sikh Community along with his other minorities. The government should come forward to publicise more about all religions to protect everyone.”
Dr. Rajwant Singh, EcoSikh President from Washington and the co-Founder of the National Sikh Campaign, said “It is so sad that such an attack will take place at the sacred grounds of the UK Parliament. It just shows that lot more work is to be done to inform people about Who Sikhs are and to promote understanding in UK.”