March 9, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New York: A US based Sikh civil rights group called Sikh Coalition on Thursday expressed deep concern over rising menace of hate crimes against religious and ethnic minorities residing in USA. Whilst working over three new cases taken up by the rights body has suggested that increased vigilance is need of the hour to tackle this progressing new wave of hate crime.
While this is an alarming recent spike, it follows a pattern: We estimate that Sikhs in the U.S. are experiencing an average of one hate crime per week since the start of 2018. This figure is likely to be the tip of the iceberg as many individuals of hate crimes do not report them to law enforcement or to them, says the rights group in its statement.
“We provide completely free and confidential legal assistance to Sikhs who have been discriminated against or subject to bias based upon their religious beliefs or identity. The Sikh Coalition handles nearly 200 free and confidential legal intakes a year, and we examine every submission on a case-by-case basis,” reads the quote from the flier issued by the Sikh Coalition.
“Our organization is designed to be your insurance policy when a hate crime occurs,” said the Sikh Coalition’s Legal Director, Amrith Kaur. “Nobody in America has more legal experience dealing with hate crime cases for Sikhs than our organization, and we are always here to protect your rights.”