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Pilrig vigil against race attack

Update Sikh boy says he invented race attack - SACC news, 24 December 2006

Source: The Scotsman

MORE than 200 people from across Britain attended a prayer vigil for a Sikh teenager who had his hair cut off in a racial attack in Edinburgh.

Scores of Sikhs gathered with community leaders and representatives from other faiths at Pilrig Park, where the assault took place.

Sikhs travelled from as far as London after the 15-year-old Asian boy was set upon by a gang of four white youths last Tuesday evening.

The youngster was racially abused before being kicked and punched to the ground, when his hair was cut off.

The vigil was held to promote peace, respect and tolerance.

Chief Inspector Keith Chamberlain said: "Everyone has been rightly shocked by the incident last week, and this event allowed people to come together to express their support for the Sikh community in a peaceful way."

Can You help?

Anyone with information about the assault is urged to contact police by e-mailing or by sending a text to 07717 997885

About the Vigil

Sunday's vigil was organised by the London-based Sikh Human Rights Group and the British Organisation of Sikh Students (Boss), with the backing of other groups.