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Five Indian-American legislators have requested a briefing from the US Department of Justice and the FBI over an increase in “hate crimes targeting Hindus” and temple vandalism across the nation this year.

In a letter to Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Shri Thanedar, Pramila Jayapal, and Ami Bera stated that “attacks at mandirs from New York to California have contributed to increased collective anxiety among Hindu Americans.”

“Many of the devastated communities continue to live in fear and intimidation, while leaders from these areas have expressed that there are regrettably “no leads” on suspects. Concerns about law enforcement cooperation about these crimes motivated by bigotry continue to plague our communities, and they worry if proper federal oversight is in place to guarantee

There are currently five members of the House of Representatives who identify as Indian-American. This is one of the few times that the five have agreed on anything.

In the letter, it was said that “the number of incidents and the close timing of incidents raise troubling questions about linkages and the intent behind them.”

“Together, we must fight hate against all religious, ethnic, racial, and cultural minorities in America. It only takes a few well-planned acts of hate to instill dread in a population that has too frequently been ignored or marginalised. Thus, we kindly ask that you enlighten us on the Department’s specific policy with regard to hate crimes committed against Hindus in the United States,” the congressmen said.

The Indian-American elected representatives noted that there has been a concerning rise in vandalism incidents at places of worship nationwide, including Hindu temples. They asked for an update on the status of these crimes’ investigations to gain a better understanding of the current state of law enforcement cooperation between local law enforcement agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Civil Rights Division.

They requested a briefing from you by Thursday, April 18, “given the urgency of the situation,” they stated in a letter dated March 29 that was made public on April 1.

Leaders who are Indian-American have praised the action.

“We observed a sharp increase in thefts and vandalism in American temples in Q1 2024. Opposing the

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