(SACRAMENTO, CA, 7/28/17) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the murder of a Sikh man in Fresno.
According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, 68-year-old Subag Singh’s body was found in a canal after he failed to return from his morning walk on Sunday. Authorities are not labeling the murder as a hate crime, but members of the local Sikh community are concerned about a possible bias motive. [NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]
“Because of previous hate attacks on members of the Sikh community, and because of the increasing number of attacks on members of all minority groups, we urge law enforcement authorities to probe a possible bias motive for this murder,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra.
Elkarra said CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
He noted that CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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Basim Elkarra | Executive Director
Council on American Islamic Relations
Sacramento Valley Office (CAIR-SV)