A Muslim man wearing traditional South Asian garb was attacked in the Bronx borough of New York City in front of his 9-year-old niece.
Misfit teens shouted “ISIS, ISIS!” at 43-year-old Mujibur Rahman before attacking and beating him in what can only be described as a hate crime.
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It was certainly not a robbery; the teens didn’t take anything tangible from Rahman, just his dignity.
"I believe as a Muslim they hate us, they hate me, and that's why," Rahman,who does not speak English, reportedly told ABC7 News through a translator.
The attackers allegedly punched Rahman until he collapsed and then began kicking him once he was down. He was taken to the hospital with possible broken ribs, cuts, swelling and bruises all over his head, face and arm.
Rahman says his niece, who was not physically harmed, was emotionally traumatized by the whole ordeal.
Residents and community leaders are outraged over the incident, according to NY Daily News.
"To be attacked this way, to attack someone because of their faith is something we cannot tolerate in this community," New York Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda reportedly said.
The news of Rahman's attack comes less than a week after a case was thrown out involving a white cop who beat and paralyzed an Indian grandfather in Alabama last year.
After three unsuccessful trials against the cop, the judge determined there was not enough evidence for a conviction.
That disturbing verdict coming out during a time when crimes against Muslims and people of Middle Eastern descent are alarmingly high sends a very dangerous message to Islamophobes that there are no repercussions for crimes against Muslims.
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