Sikh family receives death threats in US
New York: A Sikh family in America has
received an anonymous letter that threatens to kill its
members for being "associates of the Taliban", prompting
authorities to launch a probe into it.
The letter, addressed to the `Turban Family`, said the
family is being closely watched and it should leave the US
"Our people in the neighbourhood have been closely
watching your activities and figured out you are a close
associate of a secret Taliban movement on the US Soil. We ask
you to leave the country as soon as possible otherwise one of
our people is going to shoot you dead. Don`t attempt to
relocate somewhere else in America as people are closely
monitoring your day to day activities," the letter said.
The identity of the family, which lives near Virginia,
has not been released.
Local authorities are working with the FBI to investigate
the threats in the letter sent to the family last week.
The Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund
(SALDEF) said the Sikh family had previously been the
target of similar hate crimes.
In 2003, the family`s home was vandalised with graffiti
and it received two threatening letters. In 2005, they
received two more death threats through mail.
Inter-faith groups have spoken in support of the family,
calling on the authorities to investigate the threats as a
"Incidents like these are constant reminders of the
challenges that Sikh Americans face as a result of our unique
identity. In the absence of awareness about who we are and
what we stand for, Sikh Americans continue to endure
harassment, discrimination and threats which run counter to
the American ideals," the SALDEF said in a statement.
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