Sikh hair forcibly cut in California assault viewed as hate crime, man beaten

A California Sikh guy’s turban was knocked off his head and his hair are calling a hate crime.

Khalsa, a 41-year old IT worker, was hospitalized and may lose a part of a finger.

The attackers “by choice targeted his articles of faith when they blatantly cut his unshorn hair with a knife and knocked off his turban. “Targeting a Sikh’s turban and hair is like targeting a Jew’s yarmulke or a Muslim’s hijab.”


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Victim Maan Singh Khalsa, 41, worships at this temple, the Sikh Center of the San Francisco Bay Area in El Sobrante, along the East Bay.

Victim Maan Singh Khalsa, 41, worships at this temple, the Sikh Center in El Sobrante of the San Francisco Bay Area, along the East Bay.


Richmond police have detained two men, as they consider charges and researchers were reviewing the case within the weekend, KNTV reported. Policemen captured Chase Little, 31, and Dustin Albarado, 25, two out of state contract workers to get a local refinery, shortly following the strike.

Khalsa had stopped at a red light while driving home around 9 p.m. when someone tossed a beer can at his car from a Ford F-150 pickup truck on Hilltop Mall Drive Sept. 25, according to the coalition.

Five or six white men in their 20s or 30s yelled curses at him when he rolled his window to inquire further about the can down, Khalsa said. Among the men even got from the truck and started walking toward Khalsa’s automobile. The traffic light turned green so he drove away.

Khalsa called the cops, but the truck stopped at the following red light near him. He said three men got out and beat on him using a knife to cut off several his hair.

Paramedics later hurried to the ER. Among his fingers became infected following the confrontation that was violent, and physicians may have to amputate it.

When they targeted my Sikh faith the attackers caused physical injuries and heavy injury,” Khalsa said in a statement. “ so we can address the tide of violence and bigotry in this nation, I advocate an exhaustive investigation.”

Chase Little, 31, was arrested after the Sept. 25 attack, according to police in Richmond, Calif.

Chase Little, 31, was detained after the Sept. 25 assault, according to authorities in Richmond, Calif.

(Richmond Police Department)

Dustin Albarado, 25, was arrested after the attack as well.

25, Dustin Albarado, was detained after the assault at the same time.

(Richmond Police Department)

Sikhs refrain from cutting their hair to keep it as a good example of living with God in a state that is natural, as stated by the coalition. The turban serves as a reminder to maintain the religion’s core beliefs.

Khalsa, an American citizen of South Asian ancestry, traces his roots to a location where such strikes had become the approach to forcing a conversion as stated by the coalition.

“Since then, forcibly removing or targeting a Sikh’s turban or hair has symbolized denying that person the right to belong to the Sikh religion, and is perceived as the most humiliating and hurtful physical harm that may be inflicted upon a Sikh,” the coalition’s letter said.

The Sikh Coalition said the attack happened around 9 p.m at this intersection along Hilltop Mall Drive.

The Sikh Coalition said the assault occurred around 9 p.m. only at that junction along Hilltop Mall Drive.


The coalition recorded quite a few recent assaults targeting members of their religion, like the August 2012 murder suicide with a white supremacist in Oak Creek, Wis., that killed six Sikhs.

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt said in a statement Sunday that the charges against the two suspects and any others arrested would be released by the midst of the week.

“Worldwide, the Sikh folks are well-known for his or her generosity, adherence to tradition and powerful principles,” Butt said. “I repent it underscores the significance of working towards creating more links and empathy in our society, and that our community has been permeated by this violence.”


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