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Indian Minister Sushma Swaraj Seeks Report After Sikh Boy Assaulted In US

 

NEW DELHI – External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked the Indian Embassy in the US for a report on the alleged assault on a Sikh teenager in Washington.

“I have seen news reports about the beating of a Sikh boy in US. I have asked the Indian Embassy in the US to send me a report on the incident,” Swaraj said in a tweet on Saturday morning.

I have seen news reports about the beating of a Sikh boy in US. I have asked @IndianEmbassyUS to send me a report on the incident.

According to media reports, the 14-year-old was attacked by a classmate in the vicinity of Kentridge High School. The entire incident was recorded and shared on Snapchat.

In the video, the classmate follows behind the Sikh boy, before suddenly hitting him and knocking him to the ground. He then repeatedly punches the victim, who tries to shield himself and crawl away.

The victim’s father had alleged that his son was targeted because of his Indian and Sikh heritage.

School officials denied the attack was religiously or racially motivated.

The student who attacked the boy and the student who filmed the encounter will be appropriately punished, said Chris Loftis, communications director for the Kent School District.

The incident comes six months after a Sikh man in Kent was shot by an unidentified person yelling “Go back to your own country!” at him.

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