Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"My Name is Parampal Singh ,Not 'OSAMA' " : Parampal Singh

           Sikh man addressed as Osama by a restaurant employee in US.

This has not happened for the first time, in fact it is one among the many incidents where the Sikh community faced harassment and discrimination
In a shocking incident, a Sikh man was called "Osama" when he visited a fast food restaurant called Nathan in Aberdeen Maryland in the United States of America. 
Parampal Singh Ghai stopped at the restaurant along with his father to grab some snacks after a family birthday celebration in Virginia, while waiting after ordering his food he realized that the cashier had not asked his name.
When he saw employees calling out the names of other customers as and when their orders were ready, he checked the receipt and was not only appalled but felt humiliated as well. 
The receipt mentioned his name as Osama, when he confronted the cashier all he got in reply was a smirk. Parampal decided to return his food when he saw the other employee and customers laughing at him. The Sikh man might take a legal action against the outlet and the matter is taken up by the Sikh Coalition too.
This has not happened for the first time, in fact it is one among the many incidents where the Sikh community faced harassment and discrimination.
In September 2015, few days before the 9/11 anniversary, the Sikh community received another shocking reminder that the prejudice against them still prevailed in the US. Seen as a hate crime, an elderly Sikh-American man was injured and addressed as a 'terrorist' and 'Bin Laden' in Chicago.
After the 9/11 attack, Sikhs were often identified as terrorists due to their beards and turban. They have often faced discrimination and been the victims of a prejudicial mindset post 9/11 as racial profiling was at an all time high. 

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