Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Monday condemned the vicious assault on an 80-year-old Sikh man in London, and expressed hope that Great Britain would take cognizance of it and ensure that the strictest possible punishment is meted out to those who perpetrated this crime
Tewari said the Sikh community has contributed a lot to the development of all those countries where they went and settled.
“And more so to the development of Great Britain, where the Sikh Community has been present in fairly large numbers, for over almost a century now. And what happened in England is something which is acutely reprehensible,” said Tewari.
“And, we do hope that the Government of Great Britain would take cognizance of it and see to it that the strictest possible punishment is meted out to those who perpetrated this crime because it does then send out a very negative signal to people of that community and other minorities,” he added.
A 19-year-old girl has been arrested for the attack which took place earlier this week.
The elderly victim was punched in the face and shoved to the ground leaving him with a bloody nose and black eye.
A video of the brutal attack went viral on social media sites.
According to reports, the London Police is treating this attack as a serious, malicious wounding punishable with up to five years in prison.