Washington, DC (August 9, 2018) — The Hindu American Foundation is deeply disturbed by the recent attacks on two Sikh men in California, in what appear to be bias-motivated hate crimes. We stand in solidarity with our Sikh brothers and sisters in condemning wholeheartedly such violent, xenophobic incidents. Such attitudes and actions have no place within our society.

HAF urges law enforcement to investigate both incidents as hate crimes as quickly and efficiently as possible. That two teens have been already arrested in the assault of Sahib Singh Natt is encouraging. It’s our hope that the perpetrators of the attack on Surjit Singh Malhi are arrested quickly as well.

“Through prosecution of hate crimes, education, and kindness to our neighbors, let us together create a culture of peace, acceptance, and mutual respect among all communities here in the Central Valley.” said Easan Katir, HAF’s California Advocacy Director based in Sacramento, California.

HAF urges anyone that has been harassed, assaulted or threatened with harm on the basis of their identity (e.g., race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation), to report the incident to law enforcement immediately. Similarly, community members should report any incidents involving vandalism, hateful graffiti, desecration, arson, or violence directed towards temples, gurudwaras, and other properties or places of worship.

HAF also requests help in tracking incidents of identity-based or bias-motivated intimidation, threats, harassment, and violence being experienced in our communities by filling out the Bias-Motivated Crime Data Collection Form, if they or someone they know has experienced or witnessed an incident.