Members of the Indo-Canadian community in Canada are being targeted with intimidating calls including threats of sexual violence against family members in concern with ongoing farmers’ protests in India and opposing the Khalistani involvement in the movement, Hindustan Times reported.
A person who did not wish for his name to be revealed received nearly 70 threatening calls over the period of one week after he commented on a Facebook post. “These are abusive, threatening, full of religious hate. They include threats to my family, they say,’ We know your address’. They are as filthy as they can get.” He is still waiting for his complaint to be registered.
Another person who also did not wish to reveal his personal details shared a recording of one among several calls he had received. The unidentified caller described himself as a “warrior” and threatened to rape his wife and daughters. He filed a complaint with local law enforcement. “They abused me, said, ‘We have seen your house.’ This cannot be tolerated. I told the police to take action and show something.”
A spokesperson for Peel Police confirmed the complaints that have been filed and will investigate the matter.
A resident of Calgary in the province of Alberta faced much worse. He received nearly a 100 calls a day over the past 10 days. Not only that, miscreants arrived at his residence early one morning and threw eggs and tomatoes at it, and another person drove up to the home, rang the bell and asked where he was. A hate crime complaint has also been filed in this regard with local police.
There is no confirmation these calls were actually from Sikhs or pro-Khalistan elements. The majority of these threats commenced after events in New Delhi on Republic Day when a tractor rally led to violence in the capital.