California Hindu Man Allegedly Insults and Attacks Muslim Girl

September 5, 2002

Source: San Jose Mercury News

On September 5, 2002, the San Jose Mercury News reported that "Palo Alto police arrested Sanjay Nair, 18, of East Palo Alto, for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.. The incident has been labeled a hate crime because of comments police say that Nair, who is Hindu, made before and during the alleged rape... Nearly a dozen organizations representing South Asians gathered in downtown Palo Alto to condemn what they called the 'hate rape' of the Muslim girl... Urmila Devi Nair, the suspect's mother, told the Mercury News that her son had sworn to her from the Santa Clara County Jail that the sex that night was consensual. The two knew each other well and had previously had a romantic relationship..."