LA gurdwara vandalised with anti-ISIS graffiti

The hateful graffiti was drawn in the wake of the San Bernardino attack

Washington: After the San Bernardino shootings last week by a Pakistani origin couple, a Sikh gurdwara in Buena Park in Los Angeles suburbs, was vandalized with anti ISIS and anti Islam graffiti.

Buena Park gurdwara in Los Angeles
Buena Park gurdwara in Los Angeles

Hateful graffiti was seen on the walls of the Gurdwara and also a truck parked in the parking lot Sunday morning, according to a Sikh community organisation. It included the phrase, “F**k ISIS,” and the words “Islahm” and other references of gangs.

Buena Park Police Department is investigating and has been in touch with the officials of the Sikh congregation, according to Washington based Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE).

Safety concerns
President of the Sikh Gurdwara, Inderjot Singh said, “We are concerned about the safety and security of our community members. We are of the opinion that this is a hate crime and that this is a direct result of a possible backlash from the San Bernardino killings.”

Located very prominently on the main road in the city, the Sikh gurdwara is attended by over 800 community members on a weekly basis.

Not the first time
Sikhs have faced hate crimes and violence in the past due to their outer appearances, SCORE said. A Sikh temple was attacked by a gunman in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 2012 and six Sikh worshippers lost their lives in that shooting.

Sikh men wear turban and beard and often become a target of hate due to ignorance about Sikh religion and its origin in America.

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