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Posted on Aug 24, 08:40AM | UNI
As many as nineteen US Senators have written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging his Justice Department to track hate crimes against Sikhs.
The Senators were led by Dianne Feinstein of California, according to a statement released by Sikh Coalition, a city-based community organisation.
'Sikhs are particularly susceptible to violence being committed against them because of their identity,' the August 23 letter by the lawmakers said.
'It is important to collect data on hate crimes committed against Sikhs because this data can identify trends and help federal, state and local law enforcement agencies properly allocate resources.' The letter pointed out specifically the August 5 attack in which six Sikhs were killed in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
The coalition has demanded for a long time that hate crimes against Sikhs should be tracked.
In April, working along with the coalition, Congressman Joseph Crowley led more than 90 members of Congress asked the Justice Department to track hate crimes against Sikhs.
Patrick Leahy, Charles Schumer, Al Franken, Richard Durbin , Frank Lautenberg, John Kerry, Sherrod Brown and Robert Menendez were among the signers of the letter.