US Congress seeks probe into Hindu temple attacks

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Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
WASHINGTON DC, 3rd April. 
US Congress members of 5 Indian-descent on Tuesday demanded a briefing from the Justice Department on the spate of vandalism at Hindu temples across the US some were left with pro-Khalistan and anti-India graffiti.

The 5 members wrote in a joint letter that “Attacks at mandirs from New York to California have contributed to increased collective anxiety among Hindu Americans,”.

“Leaders from these impacted communities have expressed there are unfortunately ‘no leads’ on suspects, leaving many to continue to live in fear and intimidation. Our communities remain concerned about law enforcement coordination regarding these bias-motivated crimes, and they are left wondering if there is appropriate 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 number of incidents and the closeness of the timing of incidents raise troubling questions about linkages and the intent behind them,” the members said further.

“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. We, therefore, request that you provide us with an understanding of what the Department’s strategy is specifically concerning hate crimes targeting Hindus in the US.”

It noted that a Hindu temple in Hayward, California, was defaced with pro-Khalistan graffiti in January, just a few weeks after similar graffiti was noted on a temple in Newark, also in California.

“With at least two incidents recorded in the last couple of weeks, attacks on Hindu temples by Khalistani separatists are seemingly on the rise,” the Hindu American Foundation, an advocacy group had said in a statement at the time.

Pro-Khalistani activists were involved in the two incidents of arson and vandalism at the Indian consulate in San Francisco in 2023.

Biden-led administration had responded with outrage promised to punish those responsible, no arrests have been made yet.

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