Australian commission to investigate allegations of racism and bullying against Sikh officer

“We need more accountability in the system. We miss going out and enjoying holidays with our dad....

The family of a Sikh police officer claims that he has been subjected to injustice, inequality, and racism within the NSW Police department. They are now seeking support through an online petition to amend the current NSW Police uniform policy to be more inclusive for members from diverse backgrounds.

The daughter of a Sikh NSW police officer claims that her father is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and major depression due to alleged bullying and harassment at work. These claims are also currently being investigated by an independent authority.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jasbir Singh who moved to Australia in 2005 from India, had joined NSW Police in 2009.

Highlights:

  • The family of a Sikh police officer claims he faced inequality and racism at work
  • It is alleged that he was called ‘rat, terrorist, Muhammed’ on various occasions
  • Mr Singh now claims to be suffering from PTSD and depression
  • His daughter has appealed to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to hold a high-level inquiry
  • Ebony Singh has started an online petition seeking changes to NSW Police’s uniform policy...

...NSW police response in this matter

To seek clarity on the issue, SBS Punjabi contacted NSW Police regarding its current uniform policy.

We specifically asked if police have investigated Mr Singh’s claims and if it is acceptable for a baptized Sikh to wear articles of faith (especially the uncut beard) while on duty.

While NSWPF did not provide any specific comments regarding Mr Singh’s case, it sent the following response:

“The NSW Police Force Commissioner has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind and expects the same at all levels of the organisation, both in its interaction with the community or within its own ranks.”...

...“For the sake of justice, for the sake of our family and every Sikh who has proudly served this nation, I request the Premier to please intervene in this matter,” she pleads.

“We need more accountability in the system. We miss going out and enjoying holidays with our dad. We want our dad to get better and be like he was before.”

Miss Singh said that her father is going through the ‘worst challenge’ of his life.

“Please help and hold these people accountable for what they have done to our dad. We are very scared. We request the Premier and the Police Minister to ensure our family’s safety,” she says.

The Singh family has provided SBS Punjabi several documents including assessments made by medical experts, which provide detail about his medical condition and other claims.

SBS Punjabi has also contacted the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission about these claims, which has confirmed that it “has received a complaint about this matter and it is presently being investigated.”

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