Rioters are targeting temples, American MP said- Hindus are worried

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Washington. Five Indian-origin members of the US Congress have demanded the Justice Department to provide information on incidents of vandalism at Hindu temples across the country, some of which were pro-Khalistan and anti-India. The five members wrote in a joint letter, ‘Attacks on temples from New York to California have contributed to increasing collective anxiety among Hindu Americans.’

He said, ‘Leaders in these affected communities have said that unfortunately there is ‘no trace’ of the suspects, leaving many living in fear and terror. Our communities remain concerned about law enforcement coordination regarding these bias-motivated crimes and are left wondering whether there is proper federal oversight to ensure equal protection under the law.’

Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi is leading the initiative, his office said. The other four are Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal, Ami Bera and Shri Thanedar. The members further said, “The number of incidents and the proximity of the timing of the incidents raise troubling questions about the relationships and the motivations behind them.”

He said, ‘It takes relatively few coordinated acts of hate to create fear within a community that has often been marginalized or neglected, and we must work collaboratively to combat hate against all religious, ethnic, racial, and cultural minorities in America. Therefore, we request you to provide us with an understanding of what the Department’s strategy is with regard to hate crimes specifically targeting Hindus in America.’

A Hindu temple in Hayward, California was sprayed with pro-Khalistan graffiti in January. Similar graffiti was seen on a temple in Newark, California, just weeks later. The Hindu American Foundation said in a statement, “Attacks on Hindu temples by Khalistani separatists are on the rise, with at least two incidents reported in the past few weeks.”

Pro-Khalistani activists were involved in two incidents of arson and vandalism at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco in 2023. The administration led by US President Joe Biden expressed outrage, promising to punish those responsible. However, no arrests have been made so far.

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