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180 Hindu organisations write to UK PM, say they are living in a state of fear

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New Delhi, Oct 17: Hindu organisations and over 80 British Indian citizens including Temple authorities have written to UK Prime Minister Liz Truss demanding action against targeted hate crimes against the Hindu community.

In the open letter, they requested the PM to intervene and protect them as they are being targeted.

180 Hindu organisations write to UK PM, say they are living in a state of fear

They also said that they feel threatened in the country following the violence in Birmingham and Leicester.

In the open letter they made six appeals including sufficient security for the Hindu community in short and long terms. "We write to draw your attention to the recent disturbances in Leicester, Birmingham and other towns which have greatly distressed the Indian and Hindu communities in the UK. Hatred towards the Hindu community is at an all-time high, to the point where there has been open violence, intimidation, and abuse levelled at Hindus through physical assaults, harassment on social media, and most recently through soft targeting in schools and the workplace," says the letter.

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The letter was also signed by major Hindu organisations including the National Council of Hindu Temples, BAPS Shriu Swaminarayan Sanstha UK, Indian National Students Association UK, Iskcon Manchester, Overseas Friends of BJP (UK), the Hindu Lawyers Association (UK), and Insight UK.

"We are less than two per cent of the population, and yet, our contribution, of which you no doubt are aware, is significantly higher both in terms of socio-economic contribution to the British economy and by way of social integration as well as upholding our progressive British values. The Hindu community is one of the most law-abiding, as evidenced by the imprisonment statistics. Yet, today, we feel like a community that is under siege. As a last resort, we write to you to draw your attention to our plight, and the long-term consequences of what is unfolding," the letter said.
Further it said, ' you must be aware of the violence in Leicester and the aggressive protests outside a temple in Birmingham as well as the vicious attempts to harass the Hindu community in Nottingham and outside London's iconic Sanatan Mandir in Wembley. Although the causes of what happened in Leicester are many and complex, the bottom line is that a marginalised Hindu community has been targeted through violence and intimidation.'
The Hindu community lives in a state of fear. Some families have already left the neighbourhood whole others are planning to relocate, the letter said while stating that a highly organised band of radical Islamists took full advantage of the community tensions that existed between this marginalised Hindu community and their Muslim neighbours which had previously lived in peace.
"First, to ensure that the Police are actively investigating the most recent crimes against the Hindu community as set out in this letter; second, to declare and ensure financial support is provided for the victims of these riots, including businesses in Leicester that have been vandalised during the riots and third, to commission an independent investigation into anti-Hindu hatred and its causes," the letter read.
"Fourth, to recognise the threat of British homegrown extremism and how certain parts of Britain have become hubs of radicalisation; fifth, help us fund training for teachers so that they are aware of and can identify and deal with anti-Hindu hatred in schools; and sixth, to ensure that sufficient security is provided to the Hindu community both in the short-term and long-term, including sufficient security during the celebration of Diwali around the UK," the Hindu community's open letter to the British PM read.

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