HAF Submits Formal Comments to FBI on Need for Anti-Hindu Hate Crime Category

Washington, D.C. (December 13, 2012) - The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) formally submitted comments today to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board to urge the FBI to create three new anti-religious bias hate crime categories: (1) anti-Hindu, (2) anti-Sikh, and (3) anti-Arab. The FBI does not currently collect specific data on these three categories, but is considering adding them in the near future. Click here to download HAF's submission (pdf).
 
HAF's comments specifically focused on the importance of adding an anti-Hindu hate crime category for the Hindu American community, which currently lacks hate crime tracking mechanisms. HAF previously submitted written on the record testimony to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism,” on September 17, 2012, in order to shed light on the impact of hate crimes on the Hindu American community. Similarly, on October 18, 2012, HAF joined a coalition of civil rights and faith-based advocacy groups in recommending strengthening current Hate Crimes Statistics Act (HCSA) data collection programs and revisions to the Hate Crime Incident Report form through the inclusion of these three new categories.