Sikh Temple Shooting Victim’s Son Asks FBI To Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

| October 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — The son of a massacre victim at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to begin collecting statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs.

Harpreet Singh Saini, 18, told a Senate hearing he wanted to give his late mother "the dignity of being a statistic."

Saini's mother, Paramjit Kaur Saini, was among six people killed and four wounded by a gunman on Aug. 5 before a service was to begin at the temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The shooter, Wade Michael Page, was shot during a firefight with police and died after he shot himself in the head.

More than 400 people, many of them wearing the traditional Sikh turbans, attended the hearing – a crowd so large that an overflow room had to be used.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill, chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee, said he supported Saini's request and told a Justice Department witness that the government was moving too slowly on requests for the data collection. He noted that Sikh communities have been asking for these statistics for two years.

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