New Delhi, India (May 25, 2013): In it’s recent issue “Tehelka”, an investigative weekly, has noted that: “[f]our undertrials die in police custody every day in India — a disturbing number for one of the oldest judicial systems in the world. Between 2001 and 2010 the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) registered 14,231 custodial deaths.
London, United Kingdom (May 24, 2013): The Sikh Federation (UK) has urged all those concerned with the death penalty in India and the case of Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar to push for not only the death penalty to be commuted, but for his immediate release given how long he has been in prison and the state of his health.
Chandigarh, Punjab (May 24, 2013): It is learnt that a British Indian Rapper “Hard Kaur” put up an embarrassing show at a fashion event in Chandigarh where she openly insulted Sikh beliefs and identity.
New Delhi, India (May 24, 2013): According to media reports a medical board, constituted by the Delhi government to ascertain the health condition of Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, who is facing threat of imminent execution in India, has submitted it’s report to the concerned government.
Ludhiana, Punjab (May 24, 2013): It is learnt that on May 23, 2013 a Ludhiana trial court acquitted Bhai Bakshish Singh Baba, Jasvir Singh Jassa Manki, Gurjant Singh DC and Pargat Singh Bhalwan in case under Explosives Act.
Washington, DC (May 21, 2013): It is learnt that a bipartisan group of 23 members of the U.S. Congress, representing the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, have written to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), requesting that the agency begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, the way it does for other communities.
London, United Kingdom (May 21, 2013): It is learnt that a Sikh bus driver in Finland is fighting for his right to wear a turban while at work. As per information Sukhdarshan Singh, who works at the Veolia bus company at Vantaa near the Finnish capital of Helsinki, is trying to set a precedent by making the authorities allow him to wear a turban at work.
Pune, India (May 21, 2013): It is learnt that the Sikhs hit the streets in large numbers on May 19, 2013 in Pune to seek justice for the victims of Sikh genocide 1984. As per media reports: [h]olding banners and raising slogans, the protesters pointed out that hundreds of Sikhs were killed in the 1984 November massacres but the real perpetrators of the crime had been let off. The protest reportedly started from Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar and culminated at Rani Laxmibai Udyan.
New York, United States (May 20, 2013): According to a newsletter by the Sikh Coalition, the US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a Justice Department oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in Congress on May 15, 2013 and publicly expressed support for adding Sikh, Hindu, and Arab-American categories to the FBI’s Hate Crime Incident Report (Form 1-699).
New York, United States (May 18, 2013): The Sikh Coalition has sought the help of Sikhs in United States create a “Most Wanted” list of offending textbook manufacturers. According to an alert issued by the NGO (Sikh Coalition) a school girl Jaslin Kaur said: “In my world history class, I read that Sikhs are terrorists”.
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