Dallas Indian Charged For Shocking Hate Crime

Written on 06/06/2024
Asia91 Team


Dallas, TX: A Texas man, Bhushan Athale, 48, from Dallas, faces federal charges for a hate crime and making interstate threats against employees of a Sikh nonprofit organization.

 

On September 17, 2022, Athale called the organization and left seven voicemails filled with extreme hatred and violent threats towards Sikh individuals. He described grotesque plans to harm them using a razor, intending to forcibly cut their hair and inflict other abuses.

 

Athale’s disturbing voicemails were laden with obscenities and violent imagery, referencing significant Sikh religious aspects. His threats included “shaving” Sikh individuals, making them “bald,” and forcing them to consume tobacco.

 

Athale’s messages included:

  • Threatening to forcibly shave the hair of Sikh individuals.
  • Using a razor to make them bald.
  • Forcing them to smoke and eat tobacco.
  • Threatening to show them "heaven" through violent means.

 

In March 2023, Athale made additional threatening calls, extending his hatred to Muslims and suggesting violent actions involving the Indian Government and Mumbai Police. His history of religious-based threats includes hateful messages towards Pakistanis and Muslims on professional networking sites.

 

  • Date of Incidents: September 17, 2022, and March 2023
  • Charges Filed: June 5, 2024
  • Threat Details: Violent voicemails targeting Sikh employees
  • History: Previous religious-based threats on social media
  • Potential Penalty: Up to 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine

 

Athale faces severe penalties if convicted, including a maximum of 10 years in prison for interfering with federally protected activities and five years for transmitting an interstate threat. Federal authorities, including the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office, announced the charges on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

 

The charges against Athale underscore the serious nature of hate crimes and threats against religious communities. This case highlights the ongoing need for vigilance and protection of civil rights in the face of such bigotry.

 

Bhushan Athale's actions have brought federal attention to the threats against the Sikh community, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding religious freedoms. As the legal process unfolds, the case serves as a reminder of the severe consequences for those who engage in hate-based crimes.

 

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