Date
24 March 2017
A district court judge in a police discrimination lawsuit has ruled that the plaintif was not a reliable witness. Photo: HKEJ
A district court judge in a police discrimination lawsuit has ruled that the plaintif was not a reliable witness. Photo: HKEJ

Court rules against HK-born Indian boy in race bias lawsuit

A Hong Kong-born Indian boy has lost a five-year discrimination lawsuit against a policeman after a judge ruled his claims did not stand up.

Arjun Singh, 17, had sought compensation and an apology for a 2010 arrest and detention, saying he was discriminated against because of his race and coerced into making a confession, Apple Daily reports.

But District Court Judge Justin Ko dismissed Singh’s claim for compensation for lack of evidence. He said no apologies are necessary.

The court heard that Singh had an accidental collision with a middle-aged local woman on an escalator in the MTR Wan Chai Station on Jan. 6, 2010 when he was 11 years old.

Singh apologized but the woman became irate and grabbed him, according to the report.

He was arrested and held for hours but was released without charges.

Singh said was not given food or water while under questioning and that he was arrested solely on the basis of the woman’s claim that she had been assaulted.

Singh’s mother brought the case on his behalf.

The writ sought HK$200,000 (US$25,744) in compensation from the government and an apology from the officer, surnamed Hung.

It was the first time a policeman had been sued under the racial discrimination ordinance, the report said.

Judge Ko said Singh and his mother were honest but they were not as credible as the police as witnesses.

Hong Kong Unison Ltd., a non-governmental organization focused on ethnic minorities called the decision “disappointing”.

Board member Puja Kapai said the judge failed to consider the case from a constitutional and civil rights perspective.

She said the case showed inadequacies in Hong Kong’s discrimination laws.  

Indian boy awaits ruling after suing police for discrimination (Sept. 19, 2014) 

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