A group of organizers rallied to end Islamophobic acts of violence in New York City on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in memory of Sunando Sen, an immigrant from India who was fatally pushed in front of a Queens subway in December. The alleged culprit, a mentally ill Hispanic woman, confessed to pushing Sen onto the train tracks on the 7 line because she hated "Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers."
According to Muslim supporters, the crime is one of several racially charged acts against Muslims and people perceived to be Muslims caused by racial profiling policies employed by the government and the New York Police Department. In turn, the coalition of Islamic, Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans demanded that the NYPD be held accountable for inflaming anti-Muslim sentiment through their use of discriminatory practices.
Organized by DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving), a South Asian advocacy group, and CAIR-NY (Council on American Islamic Relations), demonstrators held a candlelight vigil during the rally in remembrance of Sen not far from where he was crushed by the 7 train.