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An Uber driver in San Francisco who was assaulted by an unmasked passenger has spoken out about the incident, saying that he was attacked after asking the woman to get out of the vehicle and taunted because of his race and job.
Video of the incident went viral, prompting a police investigation an outpouring of support for the driver, Subhakar Khadka. In an interview with the Guardian, Khadka, who is from Nepal, said that between constant feelings of anxiety, fielding calls from media outlets and talking to family and friends back home, he has only gotten about three hours of sleep each night since the footage came out.
Khadka described himself as a private person who just wants to work and support his family overseas. And while the recognition he is receiving is overwhelming, he was glad to have video evidence of abuse that often goes unacknowledged.
“It’s not just the people in Ubers and Lyfts, it’s also people who work in gas stations. People from all over the world reach out to tell me they’ve experienced and report this type of behavior but because of lack of evidence it doesn’t go anywhere and people learn to live with it,” Khadka said.
“I hope this can serve as an example so we can raise enough awareness so that when someone is assaulted hopefully they speak up and justice can be served,” he added.
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