UK police are investigating a video of suspected race hate attack on a Sikh man in Birmingham.
In the disturbing footage, which surfaced online this week, the victim can be seen trying to cover his face as a man pummels him in the middle of the street in broad daylight. What’s even worse, a crowd gathers 'round but absolutely no one tries to intervene and stop the violence.
At one point in the short clip, one more figure, believed to be another victim, can be spotted slumped in a doorway a short distance away from the scene of the attack.
The incident reportedly took place on Birmingham’s Broad Street on March 29 and its video was first uploaded on the “Daily Sikh Updates” Facebook group, where users questioned why the onlookers did not try to stop the fight.
Asians are most likely to be victims of hate crimes in Britain, states a report by the Institute of Race Relations.
“There were about 130,000 racially motivated ‘hate crimes’ per year in the years 2009/10 and 2010/11,” according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (formerly the British Crime Survey).
After the video went viral, West Midlands Police said that they were looking into the episode.
“It has been suggested the attack was religiously motivated,” said a police spokesperson. “We would like to reassure people we take such reports extremely seriously and the matter will be fully investigated.”
“We are currently making inquiries to establish exactly what has happened but at this stage, nobody has come forward to tell us they’ve been assaulted. I would encourage the man who appears to be the victim in the video to contact us, along with anyone else who was there at the time and can give us any further details,” he added.
The cops have also urged the victim to come forward.