The New York City Police Department (NYPD) on Friday arrested two teenagers for assaulting a Muslim man while shouting out the name of the DAESH terrorist organisation as a slogan, according to US media reports.
The boys, 14 and 15, have been charged with committing an assault and harassment as a hate crime as well as acting in a manner injurious to a child, US media cited the NYPD as saying.
The attack which occurred on January 25 was on a 43-year-old who was walking with a nine-year-old girl in the Bronx County. Luis R. Sepulveda, an Assemblyman at Bronx said in a statement the victim was a Bangladeshi native named Mujibur Rahman.
Police said Rahman was punched several times in the head, knocked down and kicked. Following the incident he was treated for injuries at a hospital and released.
According to US media, the victim had been wearing a shalwar kameez, a traditional South Asian outfit featuring a long tunic.
"This was a cowardly, cowardly act. Even more so because of how terrorizing this was for a helpless little girl, who remains traumatized and afraid to return to school," the assemblyman said after the rally.
In his statement Sepúlveda said that the girl was unhurt but that witnessing the attack had left her “emotionally traumatized,” and she was afraid to return to school.
The attack comes amid increasing anxiety in the United States over the threat posed by DAESH which has claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks around the world.