A Bangladeshi man was attacked and beaten on Friday in the Bronx by two men in ski masks who chanted “ISIS” during the assault, according to WABC-7. Forty-three-year-old Mujibur Rahman was walking his nine-year-old niece home from school in Parkchester at the time of the attack, and was wearing a shalwar kameez, which is traditional garb for someone from South Asia. The father of three had just left the school with the young girl when two still-unidentified men ambushed him, repeating “ISIS“ and “Muslim” several times while punching him in the head and then kicking him after he fell to the ground. Originally left unconscious by the assault, Rahman was sent to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The girl was physically unharmed, but NY1 reports that she is now afraid to leave her home as a result of the incident. Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime, and the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for the FBI to get involved as well.
This post has been updated to clarify that a shalwar kameez is traditional clothing across South Asia, and not just for Muslims.