Indian-American Lawmakers Flag Surge In ‘Hate Crimes’ Against Hindus, Vandalism Of Temples In US; Seek DOJ, FBI Briefing

Indian-American Lawmakers Flag Surge In ‘Hate Crimes’ In opposition to Hindus, Vandalism Of Temples In US; Search DOJ, FBI Briefing

In a letter to DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, 5 Indian-American lawmakers– Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Shri Thanedar, Pramila Jayapal and Ami Bera, famous that there’s a feeling of “collective anxiousness” amongst Hindu Individuals because of the surge in hate crimes.

Indian-American Flag Surge In 'Hate Crimes' Against Hindus, Vandalism Of Temples In US; Seek DOJ, FBI Briefing
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Indian-American lawmakers in US Home of Representatives have flagged the difficulty of surging “hate crimes” in opposition to Hindus and the rising incident of vandalism of temples in the US and sought a briefing on subject from the Division of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In a letter to Kristen Clarke of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division,  5 Indian-American lawmakers– Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Shri Thanedar, Pramila Jayapal and Ami Bera, famous that there’s a feeling of “collective anxiousness” amongst Hindu Individuals because of the surge in hate crimes in opposition to the group.

“Assaults at mandirs from New York to California have contributed to elevated collective anxiousness amongst Hindu Individuals,” they stated.

“Leaders from these impacted communities have expressed there are sadly ‘no leads’ on suspects, leaving many to proceed to dwell in concern and intimidation. Our communities stay involved about regulation enforcement coordination concerning these bias-motivated crimes, and they’re left questioning if there may be acceptable federal oversight to make sure equal safety beneath the regulation,” they acknowledged of their letter.

‘Should decide intent behind these acts’

This is among the rarest events when all 5 Indian-American lawmakers within the present Home of Representatives have come collectively on a subject.

“The variety of incidents and the closeness of the timing of incidents elevate troubling questions on linkages and the intent behind them,” the letter learn.

“It takes comparatively few coordinated acts of hate to create concern inside a group that has usually been marginalized or uncared for, and we should work collaboratively to fight hate in opposition to all spiritual, ethnic, racial, and cultural minorities in America. We due to this fact request that you just present us with an understanding of what the Division’s technique is particularly regarding hate crimes concentrating on Hindus in the US,” they wrote.

Alarming rise in vandalism at Hindu temples

The Indian-American representatives noticed that there was an alarming enhance in incidents of vandalism in homes of worship throughout the nation, together with at Hindu temples, and requested the a briefing on the standing of investigations regarding these crimes to raised perceive current regulation enforcement coordination between native businesses, the FBI, and the Civil Rights Division..

“Given the urgency of the scenario, we ask that you just present us with a briefing no later than Thursday, April 18th,” they wrote within the letter dated March 29 which was launched to the media on April 1.

The transfer has been welcomed by Indian-American leaders.

“In Q1 2024, we witnessed a sudden spike in vandalism in addition to thefts in temples in America… In opposition to the backdrop of native officers usually failing to research the circumstances to seek out the culprits, we thank the Indian-American Home of Representatives for asking the FBI and DOJ to research,” stated Khanderao Kand, chief of coverage and technique on the Basis for India and Indian Diaspora Research (FIIDS).

(With PTI inputs)



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