|Maan Singh Khalsa|
Police call the attack a hate crime, mistaking Khalsa for a Muslim.
Chase Little, 31, of Beaumont, Texas, and Dustin Albarado, 25, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, were in Richmond for contract work at the Chevron refinery. They assaulted Khalsa on Sept. 25. The suspects beat him and cut off his religiously mandated unshorn hair and beard.
“It will take many years, maybe the rest of my life, to heal from this attack,” Khalsa said. “Just recognizing it as a hate crime is the first step in healing for me.”
Attacks against Sikh men have risen since 9/11 according to the Department of Justice and the Southern Poverty Law Center. with their turbans and beards, the men are often mistaken for Muslims. Since Trump's campaign stoking Islamaphobia, the attacks have grown even more.
Sentenced to three years in prison, the cousins could be released in 18 months with good behavior..