US Sikh man video issue: SGPC writes to Sushma Swaraj

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2015 20:30 IST
Screengrab of the YouTube video posted by a passenger under the title ‘Would you feel safe?’ on December 9.

Taking strong note of the incident in United States of America wherein an elderly Sikh was mocked as Osama Bin Laden in a video that went viral, SGPC chief secretary Harcharan Singh has written to Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and seeking her intervention in the issue.

In a letter to the Union minister, Singh requested her to take up the matter with the US Government so that appropriate measures are taken to safeguard the Sikh community in foreign lands.

The SGPC chief secretary informed the minister through the letter that incidents related to mistaken identity about the Sikhs have been on the increase in the western world in last couple of months.

Recently on December 6, a gurdwara was vandalised in the US.

“The Sikh community has strongly advocated peace and universal brotherhood and has condemned terrorism in strong words,” the SGPC chief secretary wrote.

Notably, an elderly Sikh was mocked at with a label of Osama Bin Laden while travelling on a flight from New York to California in November this year. A video has been posted on a special networking site with a title ‘Would You Feel safe’ and further a description saying ‘Flying with Bin Laden’.

Read: US: Sikh man’s video posted with caption ‘Flying with bin Laden’

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