Sikhtoons Responds to Recent Hate Crimes Targeting Indian and Sikh Americans

Copyright: V. Singh / Sikhtoons
Copyright: V. Singh / Sikhtoons

Vishavjit Singh, creator of Sikhtoons, has created a cartoon expression of our collective outrage with regard to the recent apparently hate-motivated assaults of Sikh and Indian American men. The cartoon above references the September 8th, 2015 attack on 53-year-old Inderjit Singh Mukker by a teenager who allegedly called Mukker “terrorist” and “bin Laden” before repeatedly punching the older man in the face; Mukker was hospitalized with a fractured cheek, and multiple lacerations and contusions. Police originally investigated the assault as a hate crime. On Friday, the DuPage County state’s attorney announced that the incident was mere road rage, and that they were declining to prosecute the teenaged suspect for a hate crime.

This morning, the state’s attorney reversed that decision and added one count of committing a hate crime, citing “new evidence” in the change of heart.

Singh also produced a second cartoon this week, referencing the recent mistrial declared in the federal civil rights case against Alabama police officer Eric Parker.

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Top NYC lawyer: NYPD influenced by anti-Asian & anti-Muslim bias in arresting her for blocking sidewalk

Chaumtoli Huq in a photo from Law@TheMargins
Chaumtoli Huq in a photo from Law@TheMargins

42-year-old Chaumtoli Huq is a top human rights lawyer and formerly a prominent attorney for NYC Public Advocate Letitia James’ office; Huq has received numerous awards for her public service. Huq is also a Senior Research Fellow for the American Institute for Bangladesh Studies, a leader of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and editor of Law@TheMargins. Huq has previously taught at New York Law School, and the rest of her CV is as extensive as it is impressive. Recently, Huq embarked on a nine-month leave from the Public Advocates’ Office to focus on workers’ rights efforts in Bangladesh.

In short, Chaumtoli Huq is basically Wonder Woman, which is what makes last month’s events involving Huq and the NYPD all the more galling.

On July 19th, Huq was standing outside of a Times Square Ruby Tuesday’s waiting for her husband and her two children to use the bathroom. That’s when she was approached by two NYPD officers, who told her to move along.

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