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Indian – American congressman requested for combating crimes against religious minorities

Raja Krishnamoorthy, Indian – American congressman

Washington, May 3 (UITV/IANS)- Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has urged Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to use his complete authority in combating hate crimes against religious minorities in the US on Tuesday.

Krishnamoorthi made the appeal in a letter signed by 68 others. The Congressman's letter comes after Kelly in a Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus meeting said that there was a need for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to focus more on white supremacist organizations and hate groups, the American Bazaar Online reported.

"I was heartened to hear Secretary Kelly's recognition of the threat posed by hate groups and other forces of intolerance," Krishnamoorthi said.

"This letter urges the Secretary to act on that knowledge and use the resources of his department to combat both hate crimes and their root causes."

Krishnamoorthi wrote in the letter that many Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, and other religious minorities in the US are living under the fear for their safety and requested him to protect their interests.

Kelly, during his congressional meeting, said: "One of the first things I noticed from the last administration is that there was not enough focus, in my view, on white supremacy organizations or hate organizations… this intolerance is truly disgusting."

John F. Kelly, the fifth and current Unite States Secretary of Homeland Security


In the letter, Krishnamoorthi pointed out the attacks on Indian Americans and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries. He specifically pointed to the Kansas incident in February, where Indian American engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead.

Krishnamoorthi said the time has arrived to take decisive action to put an end to the hate crimes, and asked Kelly to assure the US people their basic rights to live freely in the country.

Edited by Ujjainee Chakraborty