The South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of North America wishes Deep Rai a speedy recovery from the gunshot wounds he suffered on March 4, 2017, in Kent, Washington. While Mr. Rai was in his driveway working on his car, an unidentified assailant approached him and told him “to go back to your own country.” During the altercation, the man shot Mr. Rai and he is currently recovering from his injuries.
The incident is another in a list of targeted attacks against minority communities, including the murder of Srinivas Kuchibotla, the attempted murder of Alok Madasani, the bomb threats against Jewish community centers and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and attacks on Mosques.
“We recognize the quick action by the State of Washington governmental officials and law enforcement in recognizing and condemning this incident as a hate crime,” said SABA North America President Vichal Kumar. “We are gravely concerned about the sharp increase in racial and religiously targeted crimes throughout the country, and call upon the federal government to take immediate public action to protect the public and denounce these heinous and bigoted acts.”
We encourage our communities not to stay silent, but to report hate incidents and crime through our partners The Sikh Coalition (http://www.reporthate.org) and South Asian Americans Leading Together (http://saalt.org/category/blog/hate-crimes/) or the Southern Poverty Law Center (https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate). Now more than ever, it is incumbent on us to stand together with other affected communities to combat hate.

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