On April 23, Dhriti Narayan, and her family were crossing a road in California, when they were allegedly mowed down by an Iraq war veteran. According to local authorities, Issiah Peoples veered his car over the pedestrians crossing the road in hate crime, thinking that they were Muslims. Following the accident, Dhriti suffered from several brain injuries and is currently on life support.
On Monday a crowdfunding page, GoFundMe set up a page to raise money for the medical costs of the 13-year-old girl. Although the page was hoping to raise a target of $500,000, the good samaritans poured in funds. Over 12,400 people donated money after the appeal went online. The page has now been able to raise a total of $600,000 (nearly 4.2 crores).
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations report 2018, hate crimes in the United States marked the largest increase in more than a decade and swelled by 17 percent last year. The report also says that the Muslims in the U.S. was the target of nearly 19% of religiously motivated hate crimes.