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Cook County State’s Attorney pledges to fight hate crimes against suburban Sikhs

March 23, 2015 | By

Chicago: Recent incidents and reports released by Civil rights bodies show that Sikhs are facing racial abuse in United States of America. A recent video showing classmates taunting a Sikh student on a Georgia school bus — one of them calling the student a “terrorist” — and the 2012 shooting at a Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in Wisconsin that left six dead have highlighted the problem of hate crimes against the Sikh community. “Go Home Terrorist” a report released by the Sikh Coalition also points towards bullying of Sikh school children.

On Sunday (March 22), Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez reached out to address the problem by visiting the Sikh Religious Society of Chicago in Palatine.

Cook County State's Attorney pledges to fight hate crimes against suburban Sikhs

Cook County State’s Attorney pledges to fight hate crimes against suburban Sikhs

“Before the congregation assembled at the society’s Gurdwara Sahib, Alvarez told members she will seek the community’s input for her recently formed Hate Crimes Advisory and Prosecution Council”, reports Daily Herald.

“I also understand that the issue of hate crimes is a significant concern to your community and I want to emphasize my commitment to combating this issue as your state’s attorney,” Daily Herald quotes Alvarez as saying.

Alvarez announced that she has named one of her assistant state’s attorneys, a member of the Sikh community, to the council. Amrith Aakre, who handles the office’s diversion programs and trains law enforcement about the Sikh community, is familiar with the Gurdwara Sahib, having attended the temple while growing up in West suburban Wayne.

She has also named Aakre’s father, Rajinder Singh Mago, who handles community outreach and public relations for the society, to her Asian American Advisory Council.

She said the chief focus on the Hate Crimes Council will be creating and maintaining proactive partnerships with communities typically targeted in hate crimes.

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