Columbia Professor Attacked in Brutal Hate Crime

Posted: September 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a professor in Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, was walking along 110th Street near Lenox Avenue Saturday night when a group of at least 20 males rode up on bikes and began physically assaulting him while shouting “terrorist” and “get Osama.” Singh, a Sikh who wears a long beard and a turban, had just dropped off his wife and one-year-old son at home before going out for a walk.

After the attack, he described being punched repeatedly and then falling to the ground, the head punches continuing as he lay on the sidewalk. A friend who met him at the hospital Saturday night reports seeing a bloody and bruised Singh, face swollen from a fractured jaw. The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force also met with Singh at the hospital before he was discharged after midnight on Saturday.

While refusing to give details on the victim, an NYPD spokesman confirmed to the Columbia Spectator that attackers “made anti-Muslim statements and then they began punching the victim in the face.”


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