Los Angeles area Sikh Gurdwara Vandalized

Sikh Leaders are Expressing Concern of Possible Backlash Against Sikhs in Wake of San Bernardino Killings

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Los Angeles/Washingon December 9, 2015: A Sikh Gurdwara (house of worship) based in Buena Park in Los Angeles suburbs, was vandalized during Sunday early hours and a hateful graffiti was seen on the walls of the Gurdwara and also a truck parked in the parking lot. The graffiti included the phrase, “Fuck ISIS,” and the words “Islahm” and other reference of gangs. Buena Park Police Department is investigating and has been in touch with the officials of the Sikh congregation. President of the Sikh Gurdwara, Inderjot Singh said, “We are concerned about the safety and security of our community members. We are of the opinion that this is a hate crime and that this is a direct result of a possible backlash from the San Bernardino killings.”

 

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Sikh Gurdwara is attended by over 800 community members on a weekly basis. It is located very prominently on the main road in the city.
Sikhs have faced hate crimes and violence in the past due to their outer appearances and a Sikh temple was attacked by a gunman in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 2012 and six Sikh members lost their lives in that shooting. Sikh men wear turban and beard and often become a target of hate due to ignorance about Sikh religion and its origin in America. There have been numerous cases of Sikh community members facing violence since 9/11 and the first hate crime in the aftermath of 9/11 resulted a killing of Sikh man in Phoenix, Arizona.

Los Angeles/Washingon December 9, 2015: A Sikh Gurdwara (house of worship) based in Buena Park in Los Angeles suburbs, was vandalized during Sunday early hours and a hateful graffiti was seen on the walls of the Gurdwara and also a truck parked in the parking lot. The graffiti included the phrase, “Fuck ISIS,” and the words “Islahm” and other reference of gangs. Buena Park Police Department is investigating and has been in touch with the officials of the Sikh congregation. President of the Sikh Gurdwara, Inderjot Singh said, “We are concerned about the safety and security of our community members. We are of the opinion that this is a hate crime and that this is a direct result of a possible backlash from the San Bernardino killings.”

Sikh Gurdwara is attended by over 800 community members on a weekly basis. It is located very prominently on the main road in the city.
Sikhs have faced hate crimes and violence in the past due to their outer appearances and a Sikh temple was attacked by a gunman in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 2012 and six Sikh members lost their lives in that shooting. Sikh men wear turban and beard and often become a target of hate due to ignorance about Sikh religion and its origin in America. There have been numerous cases of Sikh community members facing violence since 9/11 and the first hate crime in the aftermath of 9/11 resulted a killing of Sikh man in Phoenix, Arizona.1