FBI told to track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus

The US Department of Justice described bullying and harassment of Sikh children as a "serious problem".

New York: Describing bullying and harassment of Sikh children as a "serious problem", the US Department of Justice has recommended that crimes against Sikhs and Hindus should be added to the religion-based hate crimes tracked by the FBI to help law enforcement officials tackle the problem.

Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department`s Civil Rights Division Tom Perez said there is "strong support" from interfaith groups for adding anti-Sikh, anti-Hindu and anti-Arab to the hate crime categories tracked by FBI`s Uniform Crime Report.

Perez visited Oak Creek last week and met with members and leaders of the Gurdwara where white supremacist Wade Micheal Page had gunned down six Sikh persons and critically injured three others in August this year.

Perez said he attended a town hall meeting in Oak Creek hosted by the Justice Department where 22 diverse religious and interfaith groups discussed how religion-based hate crimes are tracked by the FBI`s Uniform Crime Report.

Based on the meeting and the division`s law enforcement experiences, the division and the Community Relations Service has made a recommendation that crimes against Sikhs and Hindus be added to the coding sheets that police fill out and the hate crime reports the FBI produces each year.

"We believe adding these categories would improve the data about hate crimes that helps inform our enforcement work," Perez said in a blogpost. Shunde is regarded highly in China as it is declared experimental zone to study the impact of the economic reforms.

A district posting high growth rates, local officials enjoy a great deal of powers to carry out policies regarding reforms and opening up, especially encouraging private sector projects.

The district posted about CNY 226 billion (USD 36 billion) last year figuring as a top district to achieve high development.

It was important ground for study by Chinese leaders as the new General Secretary of Communist Party, Xi Jiping who took over the post last month spent a day in this week visiting various projects and their impact.

Corruption among officials is in focus after the new set of new leaders took power.

In October, Guangdong sacked Cai Bin, a low-level official in provincial capital of Guangzhou, for discipline violations after an official probe confirmed online allegation that he owned 22 properties, a wealth way beyond a civil servant`s income. The probe also found that Cai`s son had obtained Australian citizenship.

Earlier this month, Guangdong announced plans to require officials to disclose their assets, as well as those of their relatives, to curb corruption.

A number of officials fell in the country`s sweeping "cyber anti-corruption" drive that has notably been gathering steam since the 18th National Congress of the CPC held in November.


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