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Concerns growing over threats against members of the Sikh community in Indiana

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Dr. Amandeep Singh
Dr. Amandeep Singh

Targeted attacks against Sikhs have been on the uptick since 9/11, but in Indiana, concerns are growing after Dr. Amandeep Singh received threatening phone calls and text messages at the office of his medical practice.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Sikhs in Indiana say they’re being intimidated and harassed at an alarming rate in recent months, but they don’t believe they are the intended target.

Many members of Indiana’s Sikh community believe that the “attacks” have been directed at them out of a misunderstanding of who they are and the misinterpretation that being a Sikh is the same as being a Muslim. These attitudes come from the heightened fear of Muslims across the U.S.

President Donald Trump’s early executive orders implementing travel bans from seven Muslim-majority nations is just one example of a political act that has affected public attitudes about Muslims in recent months, but it’s not the only one. Members of the Sikh community in Indianapolis are hoping they can set the record straight, before things go too far.

Dr. Amandeep Singh was one of the victims — he said someone was sending him threatening text messages in mid-December, while he was in his office seeing patients. Amandeep said he felt a range of emotions after the threats, including fear for his family and his patients.

“Fear, especially if you have family, kids, the safety of your family and kids, that comes to mind first,” he told Indianapolis news outlet rtv6. “Then you try to make sense of it.”

But he hasn’t been the only victim.

Gruinder Singh started the Sikh Political Action Committee to represent the 10,000 Sikhs who live in the state of Indiana. He said in recent weeks they have had multiple instances of vandalism against businesses and even a confrontation involving a handgun.

Dr. Singh has been living in the U.S. since he graduated from medical school in 2003 in India. He currently serves as the chief medical officer at Indiana’s Monroe Hospital.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

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U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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