Harassment of Indians crosses globe to New Zealand

Following the recent spate of hate crimes in the US, an Indian man in New Zealand was allegedly racially abused in a road rage incident. He captured this incident on a video  streaming live on Facebook.

The white man who allegedly abused Navninder Vir Singh in New Zealand.
The white man who allegedly abused Navninder Vir Singh in New Zealand. Photo courtesy: Facebook

As Navninder Vir Singh was driving in Auckland, his car was tailgated by another car. However, as he tried to let the car pass, the occupant started to abuse him. Singh started streaming the abuse through Facebook Live which further enraged the harasser who then yelled at Singh to “go back to your country.”

The alleged harasser was a white man who was driving along with his wife in a white Holden.

Though his wife tried to break up the argument, the white man allegedly mooned the camera. Assuming it was over, Singh parked his car on the side of the road. But even then, the white man pulled over and continued his racial rant.

"It really shocked me. I was really shaken," Newshub quoted Singh as saying.

In another related incident, an Indian man Bikramjit Singh was also abused while driving in New Zealand. A man who claimed Bikramjit was speeding yelled at him, saying, “Go back to your country—slow down! You know what the speed limit is here.”

Both the Indian men have filed complaints with the police.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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