Muslim Boy Wounded By Sikh's Ceremonial Sword at Religious Festival

May 5, 2004

Source: BBC News

On May 5, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A 16-year-old Muslim boy was wounded at a religious festival by a Sikh wielding a ceremonial sword. West Midlands Police are treating Sunday's incident at the Vaisakhi Mela in Walsall as racially aggravated. Faisal Mehmood says he was hit with a sword before it was unsheathed and his arm was slashed. Two Sikh pupils have since been attacked at a college in the town in what the head teacher believes was an act of reprisal. One of the students at Joseph Leckie Community Technology College was struck with a metal bar by a gang of youths on Monday. Police say they think the earlier incident at the festival, which was held at the Walsall Arboretum, was racially aggravated. They are also investigating claims that a small group of Muslim youths caused trouble at the event by showing disrespect to the Sikh religion."