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Indian-American lawmakers seek details from US Justice Department on rise in crimes against Hindus

Details have also been sought on the increase in incidents of vandalism in temples.


Five Indian-American lawmakers in the US have sought details from the Justice Department and the Federal Investigation Agency (FBI) on the increase in “hate crimes against Hindus” and incidents of temple vandalism in the country this year. These MPs include Raja Krishnamurthy, Ro Khanna, Shri Thanedar, Pramila Jaipal and Ami Bera. “The incidents of attacks on temples from New York to California have deeply concerned Hindu Americans,” he wrote to Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

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“Leaders of these affected communities have expressed concern that there is no trace of the suspects involved in these incidents, leaving many people living in fear and dread,” he said. “Our communities are concerned about law enforcement coordination in these bias-motivated crimes and question whether the federal agency is conducting appropriate oversight to ensure equal protection under the law,” the letter said. The incidents and the timing of their commission raise questions about their intentions.

Currently there are five Indian-American MPs in the House of Representatives. It is very rare to see all five MPs come together on an issue.

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