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Hate Crimes against Hindus, Indian American lawmakers get together to tackle this menace

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Amid growing concern ov

Amid growing concern over rising hate crimes against Hindus in United States of America, Indian American lawmakers decided to act. Congressman Krishnamoorthi led a briefing with Samosa Caucus members and senior department of justice officials on Countering Hate Crimes Against Hindus.

Last week, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) held a briefing with Indian American Members of Congress and senior Department of Justice (DOJ) officials regarding the Department's strategy concerning hate crimes targeting Hindus in the United States, including acts of vandalism against Hindu Mandirs. 

This meeting follows a letter from the Members that Congressman Krishnamoorthi led to the DOJ earlier this year, citing incidents of vandalism against mandirs from California to New Jersey, in addition to growing threats faced by the American Hindu community more broadly, including on social media.

"Last week's meeting was an important starting point for addressing the threats posed by Hinduphobia as the rate of hate crimes across the nation grows and as American Hindus and their places of worship face harassment, vandalism, and even graver dangers," said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. 

"While the Department of Justice has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its outreach to the Hindu American community, significant challenges remain as we continue to work to protect Hindus, and every other American community, from hate crimes." 

It need be mentioned that India's Ministry of External Affairs had recently pointed out that it has been raising the issue of hate crimes against Hindus and their places of worship with the U.S. counterparts all through year 2023. The revelation came on the back of United States expressing concern on violation of minority rights in India in its report.