Project Aims to Protect Sikh Cab Drivers

December 1, 2008

Author: Deborah Feldman

Source: MSNBC/KING 5 News

It was just one year ago that Sikh cab driver Sukhvir Singh was badly beaten by a customer he picked up after the Apple Cup football game.

Singh vividly remembers the attack he endured at the hands of a drunken passenger.

"My turban went up and he grabbed my ears with both hands and bit me very bad back here," he said. "Says, you are in Iraqi terrorist. You did 9-1-1. And, I will kill you."

The attack was captured on the taxi's video camera and horrified members of the Sikh community, including University of Washington students Jay Singh and Paul Bassi.

"It affected us all really deeply as Sikhs to see this is happening right so close to home," Jay Singh said.

Despite a busy class schedule, the friends decided they needed to do something.

Their solution was to create an informational sheet about Sikhs for cab drivers to hang in their cars.