The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked for a report from the Indian Embassy in the US on Saturday following reports of an attack on a Sikh schoolboy in Washington. “I have seen news reports about the beating of a Sikh boy in the US. I have asked the Indian Embassy in the US to send me a report on the incident,” the minister tweeted. As per the media reports, the 14-year-old Sikh boy was attacked by a classmate in the vicinity of Kentridge High School.
The whole incident was posted on mobile application Snapchat in which we can see a teenage boy followed the victim and punched him, throwing him to the ground. The victim’s father described this incident as another of racism and alleged that his son was targeted because of his Indian and Sikh heritage. “I am feeling so, so bad because this happened with my son. They beat him from the backside and hurt him too much. This is a very big thing for me, here in America… I can’t explain… how I am feeling,” said the 14-year-old’s father. The communications director of the Kent School district, Chris Loftis, said the student who attacked the boy and the one who filmed will encounter appropriate punishment.