A Sikh college student claims the U.S. Army is barring him from the Reserve Officer Training Corps unless he violates his religious beliefs by removing his turban, shaving and cutting his hair.
Simran Jeet Singh helped form a running club for Sikhs, in part, “to help normalize and humanize people who look like us,” he said.
The proposal comes after a Sikh man was allegedly run over last month by a truck driver yelling hateful comments.
In the wake of a suspected bias attack on a Columbia University professor earlier this month, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Queens) joined members of the Sikh Cultural Society Sunday in a rally against hate crimes.
Prabhjot Singh, who is Sikh, was approached by a group of 15 to 20 young men on bicycles making anti-Muslim statements, police said.
The Manhattan Sikh Association will lead the vigil at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to honor those who were shot dead in Oak Creek, at the hands of alleged shooter Wade Michael Page.
As police step up security at Sikh temples across New York City and Long Island, authorities have released new details about Sunday’s mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Gurmaj Singh, the current temple president, said the attackers used musical instruments, swords, bats and metal rods against worshippers in the temple.