Indian restaurant, Dawat – The Invitation, owner has become a target of racist attack in Hobart, Tasmania.
Jarnail “Jimmy” Singh who has lived in Tasmania for 10 years has been left shaken by the racist abuse.
He told the ABC:
“Never, ever has this happened to me before, and it’s been continuous [over] the last two, three months.”
Mr Singh added that the racist incidents involved smearing of dog excrement on his car and racist graffiti in his driveway (“Go home, Indian”).
He also received letters that were filled with racist comments: “You can **** off back to India”.
The letters also included threats of damage to Mr Singh’s car which he says was sometimes intentionally scratched, outside his restaurant.
He further observed:
“It’s mentally very stressful when it comes to your house, and particularly [being targeted] with your name on it. It’s too much mental stress. Something has to be done.”
During the COVID lockdowns, Mr Singh cooked free meals each Thursday and handed them out to anyone in need.
Mr Singh hopes that speaking out about his experiences could help prevent others from facing anything similar.
He has also posted a heartfelt note of thanks to his customers and supporters.
“Thanks you so much everyone in Hobart your support, love and emotions shows that we all are together and there is no space for racism in our beautiful country.”
Mr Singh has reported the racist letters and graffiti to Tasmania Police who are investigating the matter.
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