Sikh mayor in US receives death threats

Wednesday 25th October 2023 06:09 EDT

New Jersey: The first Sikh mayor in the US, Ravinder S Bhalla, claims to have received a string of death threats addressed to him and his family. Speaking to the media, he claimed that the letters he received in the mail initially requested that he step down, but then started threatening the lives of him and his family and focusing on him because of his Sikh faith.
"The third threat, which was the most jolting, came soon thereafter and said that, 'This is your last warning. If you don't resign immediately, we will kill you, we'll kill your wife, we'll kill your children,'" he said.
Bhalla was first elected mayor of Hoboken City, New Jersey, in 2017. He won again in 2021. He told CBS News that there was a lot of "angst, anger, a lot of hate, combined with actual threats" upon his life and the lives of his children and his wife.
"My biggest concern was for my kids. I signed up to be mayor, but my kids didn't sign up to this type of behavior," he said.
"As a Sikh-American, I'm a proud American and I want people to be treated equally," he added.
Sikh assaulted for wearing turban
A 19-year-old Sikh boy was allegedly beaten in New York City in a case of suspected hate crime because he was wearing a turban while on a shuttle bus. The Sikh boy was travelling in a shuttle bus in Queens, a neighbourhood of New York City, according to the media. New York Police said that the suspect was riding on an MTA bus when he approached a male passenger who was wearing a turban and said, "We don't wear that in this country and take that mask off!"

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