Date
11 December 2017
A Hong Kong court is set give a ruling on a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the police by an Indian-origin boy. Photo: HKEJ
A Hong Kong court is set give a ruling on a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the police by an Indian-origin boy. Photo: HKEJ

Indian boy awaits ruling after suing police for discrimination

A Hong Kong-born Indian boy is awaiting a court verdict after accusing the Hong Kong police of racial discrimination in dealing with civil disputes, Apple Daily reported Friday.

Arjun Singh sued the police claiming that an officer had detained him illegally and treated him differently in violation of the Racial Discrimination Ordinance. It marks the first time a police officer had been sued under such Ordinance, the report said.

A court has closed the trial and is set to give a ruling later.

The saga began on Jan. 6, 2010, when Singh was just 11 years old. While riding an escalator at an MTR station, the boy is said to have had an accidental collision with a middle-aged local woman. Singh claimed that he apologized, but still the woman shouted and grabbed him. When the police was called to the site, the two accused each other of attack. Then the police were said to have arrested the Indian boy, while letting the woman go free.

After a five-hour detention, Singh was set free without any charges being pressed. The Department of Justice later issued him an apology letter, according to the report.

The boy, who has enrolled in a British university, hopes the Hong Kong police will change their attitude and treat ethnic minorities kindly.

Singh’s mother was quoted as saying that she wants the policeman involved in the 2010 incident to apologize and compensate her son.

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