A hate-crime in America: the story of Srinivas Kuchibhotla's murder
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 12th August 2018

On February 22, 2017, Adam Purinton, a United States Navy veteran, walked into a bar in Olathe, Kansas.

He singled out two South Indian men, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, who were there enjoying happy hour.

'Are you here illegally?' he asked them, before he shot dead Srinivas.

The case got nationwide attention.

Sofian Khan, a filmmaker, read about his death in the media coverage that followed.

"My father came to the US in the '80s as a software engineer from India’s western neighbor, Pakistan, with a work ethic and ambition that reminded me of what I was reading about Srinivas."

"Even more than that, the descriptions of Srinivas’s positive nature and playful humor also felt very familiar. There was a sense that I somehow knew him," he told The Atlantic.

He was moved to contact Sunayana Dumala, Srinivas Kuchibhotla's wife, to tell her story.

This is beautiful and poignant and worth watching.

Video published on 12th August 2018 in the Crime section

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