Update: The girl that attacked the elderly Sikh has been arrested by the police. Click here for more information.
Coventry, UK—Shocking video footage of a girl attacking an 80-year-old Sikh man and spitting in his face is being investigated by police.
The footage was captured in Coventry city centre and shows the girl kicking and punching the elderly Sikh man from Canley before knocking him to the floor and hurling abuse at him
Attack on Sikh pensioner in Coventry
The pensioner was taken to hospital with a cut nose and swollen eye socket.
Police have confirmed they are investigating the attack and are treating it as a malicious wounding – a serious offence with a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
The attack happened in broad daylight in Trinity Street on August 10 at 8.30pm. In the video, the girl – who is accompanied by three male youths – launched the attack in full view of passers by. The only person to help – a man who picked up the victim’s turban – stepped in once the attacker and her gang were walking away from the area. At the time of the attack the girl was dressed all in black with green Converse shoes. Her hair was tied in a pony tail.
The video has prompted an angry response on Facebook and Twitter with many calling on the girl to hand herself in. Ajay Singh wrote: “The Sikh turban is not just a piece of cloth, but a crown bestowed upon us by our great leader. It gives us distinction – so we stand out. It gives us a sense of responsibility – so we do not wander from the path of righteousness. “Most of all, it gives us the values passed on to us by our holy book – and that includes standing up for the weak and vulnerable. I hope these cowards are caught and punished fairly.
Actual video footage that has surfaced online
Harmony Lully said: “I actually feel physically sick, wish I never watched this now. I can’t believe anyone would ever have the audacity to do such a horrible thing, especially in my own City! And shame on the people who stood and watched/filmed her and didn’t have the decency to stop her. I hope justice will be served.”
Amadine Ambrico wrote: “See this is what the world is coming too unbelievable. If that was my daughter I would drag her to the police station let her face up to this disgraceful act. Shame on you and shame on everyone else standing around watching it you all should feel such shame.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the incident was being investigated but no arrests have been made so far.
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