Calling it a ‘serious incident’, Advocacy Group said that due to this incident, Surjit Singh is ‘in deep shame and mental trauma and severe depression’.
Surjit Singh (File Photo / AP)
Several Legal Advocacy Groups have filed a complaint with the US Department of Justice with the Civil Rights Department about forcibly shaving an immigrant Sikh at the Arizona Detention Facility. 64-year-old Indian immigrant Surjit Singh was sentenced to five years in prison for the death of a man after a fatal vehicle accident in Yuma, Arizona.
The Advocacy Group has alleged that Singh was stripped of his turban when he came to the Yuma County Jail last year and authorities transferred his beard after being transferred to the Alhambra Reception Center operated by the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR). Forcibly shaved.
Victims of severe depression
The complaint states that according to the religious beliefs of Singh, he should wear a turban and should not cut any hair including his beard. Calling it a ‘serious incident’, the Advocacy Group said that due to this incident, Surjit Singh was ‘in deep shame and mental trauma and severe depression because he had never cut his hair before’.
Trying to shave the second time too
The complaint alleges persistent harassment of Sikh immigrant’s religious beliefs, stating that prison staff at the Douglas facility tried to shave her beard a second time because she had grown much older than the ADCRR allowed. Let us tell you that there are about 26 million Sikhs worldwide, out of which more than 500,000 live in America.
Complaints have been filed jointly by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU), ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Faith (PFRB), ACLU National Prison Project (NPP), Sikh Coalition and WilmerHale LLP, an international law firm .
Indian-origin Sikh killed in firing
Let me tell you that a 36-year-old Sikh man of Indian origin was also among the eight people killed in the railroad firing in the US state of California in the past. ‘The Mercury News’ reported on Thursday that Tapatzip Singh, born in India and raised in Union City, California, has a wife, a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter. The Sikh Community in the San Francisco Bay Area called him a ‘help and care’ person.
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