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Indian-American lawmakers seek information on rising hate crimes against Hindus in the United States

NEW DELHI: Five Indian-American lawmakers requested a briefing from the United States Department of Justice and the FBI regarding an increase in the number of hate crimes against Hindus And vandalism temples in the country.
“Attacks on mandirs from New York to California have contributed to increased collective anxiety among Hindu Americans,” the lawmakers said in a letter to Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke.
Expressing concerns over the lack of “leads” on suspects in these attacks, the lawmakers, including Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Shri Thanedar, Pramila Jayapal and Ami Bera, said: “Leaders of these affected communities have expressed that unfortunately there were “no leads”. on suspects, leaving many to continue living in fear and intimidation. »

“Our communities remain concerned about law enforcement coordination regarding these bias-motivated crimes, and they question whether there is appropriate federal oversight to ensure equal protection under the law,” they added.
Requesting an urgent briefing, the letter said: “Given the urgency of the situation, we request that you provide us with a briefing no later than Thursday, April 18.”
The initiative was welcomed by Indian-American leaders, with Khanderao Kand of the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies saying: “In the context where local authorities often fail to investigate cases to find the culprits, we thank the ‘Indo-American. House of Representatives for asking the FBI and DOJ to investigate.”
“In the first quarter of 2024, we saw a sudden increase in vandalism as well as theft at temples in America,” Kand said.

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