Hate crime: Sikh Uber driver assaulted in US

An Indian-origin Sikh Uber driver was racially abused and assaulted by a passenger in the US, according to media reports.

A report in the American Bazaar said the incident had taken place on December 5 in Bellingham, Washington. The Sikh driver picked Grifin Levi Sayers who attacked the victim. The police registered a case against Sayers and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree assault and a failure-to-appear warrant for fourth-degree assault. According to police records, he was released on $13,000 bail the next day.

The driver told the police that Sayers took the cab to make some purchases and then returned to the pick-up location. It was at this point that the passenger became abusive and grabbed the driver by his throat and squeezed it violently. He also made racial slurs.

The driver somehow managed to get out of the cab and made a 911 call. When the police arrived, they were able to locate Sayers nearby and arrested him.

Anti-Sikh crimes have gone up by 200 per cent since 2017 in the US. A report released just last month, identified Sikhs as the third largest most targeted groups in the country after Jews and Muslims.