American Boy Indicted for Anti-Sikh Hate Crime

September 27, 2007

Source: Sify News

New York: A grand jury has filed an indictment against Umair Ahmed, a 17-year old schoolboy, for forcibly cutting a 15-year-old Sikh boy's hair in a school in Queens borough of New York.

Ahmed faces nine charges, including coercion.

Michael Brovner, assistant district attorney of Queens on Monday said: "The indictment was filed today of all the original five charges and four additional charges as hate crimes. The defendant will be arraigned within the next few weeks."

The case will now proceed to trial, said Tejinder Singh, the legal advisor of United Sikhs, a New York based organisation representing the victim, whose identity has not been revealed.