What is the situation?
Recent deaths in Punjab have again brought to light the plight of ethnic minorities in India. Sikhs have continually found themselves victims of the most severe kind of police brutality, leading to the death of unarmed protesters and even bystanders during gatherings.
However, there still seems to be a lack of empathy regarding the suffering of Sikhs. As such, the social media #SikhLivesMatter has been created to draw attention to the acts of Indian government’s atrocities which often go unnoticed in the mainstream media.
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QUOTES ON THE SITUATION
Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa Dhadriawaale, Nirvair Khalsa Dal, India: “I urge all the Gurdwaras to install CCTV cameras and for each village to set up a group of guards to ensure the Gurdwaras are protected so disrespect of SGGSJI cannot happen or at least we can catch the culprits”
Jasjit Singh of Basics Sikhi India team, Amritsar: “The continued attacks on our Gurdwaras shows someone is trying to harm Sikhs, physically and mentally. All that is happening could be to disrupt a planned international meeting of Sikhs in November. ”
Amrik Singh Ajnala, leading the protest in Kotkapure: “We want to register our protest against the police that has failed to identify the accused in the stolen Bir case even after four months, and now the Bir has been shown disrespect. The protest will go on till the accused are arrested.”
Sikh Organisation of Prisoner Welfare (SOPW): “Video footage of the protests clearly shows the level of police violence unleashed on the Sikhs and also proves that police officers can be seen vandalising their own vehicles. First they attack and kill Sikhs and destroy their own property; then they arrest those very Sikhs they attacked and charge them with the crimes carried out by the police?”
Daler Singh, protester in India: “We want the government to punish those who insulted Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh’s Holy Scripture). We are not rioting, we are peacefully requesting the government to punish the guilty.”
Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK): “We condemn the killing of unarmed peaceful protesters in Punjab today and pray for those critically injured. Many have been beaten and abused and hundreds of Sikhs have been arrested today for simply demanding action against those who desecrated Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, our living Guru.”
Sikh Coalition (USA): “Protests on the streets of Punjab should never lead to death. The right to organize and the right to free speech are basic liberties we cherish here in the United States and should be guaranteed to Sikhs around the world. Government and police accountability are a must for these actions.”
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