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34 U.S. Congress members tell Modi to stop violence against Sikhs

By Anju Kaur | February 29, 2016

Eight senators and twenty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a signed letter last week to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to respond to their grave concerns over the increasing intolerance and violence experienced by India’s Sikhs, including the killing of two Sikhs and the injuring of scrores of others who were protesting peacefully against the discretion of Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab, on Oct. 14.

This continuing brutality against Sikhs led to the formation of the Sarbat Khalsa, on Nov. 10, in which nearly half a million Sikhs gathered to sack their religious leaders and demand their civil and human rights from the Indian government.

The Feb. 25 letter from the U.S. Human Rights Commission also addressed the lack of recognition of Sikhism as a distinct religion India’s constitution, and increasing oppression of its Muslim and Christian citizens.

The U.S. Congress members pressed Modi to restrain India's security forces from using excessive force and to control its extremist high-caste Hindu nationalist groups such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal.