Sikh Teen Mocked, Assaulted For Wearing Turban in Australia
Harjeet was also allegedly threatened with being stabbed and had his turban pulled in the hate-fuelled attack aboard a suburban bus. (Photo Courtesy: sbs.com.au)
Harjeet was also allegedly threatened with being stabbed and had his turban pulled in the hate-fuelled attack aboard a suburban bus. (Photo Courtesy: sbs.com.au)

Sikh Teen Mocked, Assaulted For Wearing Turban in Australia

In a hate-fuelled attack, a 13-year-old Sikh school boy in Australia, travelling in a Melbourne bus, was assaulted, mocked and threatened to be stabbed for wearing a turban.

Harjeet Singh, was riding the bus home, when two men and a female ringleader – all believed to be in their late teens – assaulted and mocked him.

Harjeet was also allegedly threatened with being stabbed and had his turban pulled in the attack aboard a suburban bus, the Herald Sun reported.

The woman demanded to know why Harjeet was wearing a “towel” on his head and twice tried to remove his turban while the terrified boy tried to get away.

My son was so scared and he was crying. It’s a horrible thing. I’m just scared and wondering if it’s safe for him on the bus. We are worried. It’s not just my son, we are worried it will be other people as well. It should not happen to anyone.
Rajinder Kaur Gill, Harjeet’s Mother

The incident took place on 23 February. The three involved in the attack are being sought by police.

Harjeet, who attends Doncaster Secondary College in Melbourne, was sitting in the middle row of the bus when the offenders approached from the back seat.

The ordeal lasted until Eltham when Harjeet got off the bus early with schoolfriends, also in tears. One of their mothers drove Harjeet home.

I was so scared. I just froze and when my friends got off the bus I got off with them. The girl said I had a ‘worthless towel’ on my head.
Harjeet

The girl pushed my son’s turban with her elbow. My son moved from his seat to get further away from them and they followed him and sat behind him again. This time, the girl pushed him hard and tried to remove his turban again. My son was scared and he asked them to stop but they laughed at him and said there aren’t that many stabbings in Eltham,” his mother said.

Victoria Police spokesman Paul Turner said police were investigating reports of an assault.

“The investigation is in its infancy and it would be inappropriate to provide further comment at this time,” he said.

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