US Congressman Ritesh Tandon has said that six temples have been vandalized in California in the last two weeks. Tandon is a Democratic leader of Indian origin who is running for the 17th Congressional District in California.
Ritesh has stepped into the arena expressing his disappointment at the lack of response from State Senator Aisha Wahab on these incidents. He posted this on Xlo (previously Twitter) and said that six Indian temples have been destroyed in the last two weeks. Five of them are in the district represented by Wahab. , but there was no response from Senator Aisha Wahab.
Tandon and other protesters rallied in front of Senator Wahab’s office, demanding a meeting. The office was closed even though it was a working day. Tandon also tried to raise concerns about the use of taxpayer dollars. Wahab is running for the California Senate in 2022. According to her website, reducing economic inequality, Sr. Wahab has positioned himself as a lawmaker who aims to strengthen security measures for citizens, women, children and working families.
According to Reuters, Wahab, who lost her parents at a young age, is in foster care. She was elected to the Hayward City Council in 2018. Wahab became the first Afghan American woman to be elected to public office in the United States.
Meanwhile, in December of last year, anti-Indian writings were written on the walls of the famous Swaminarayan Mandir in Newark, California. The US State Department responded to this incident. The Newark Police Department welcomed the efforts to catch the criminals. A devotee who lives near the temple. A Hindu with black ink on the outside wall of the temple. Temple spokesperson Bhargav Patel said that anti-Indian graffiti was found and the local authorities were immediately informed.
The police immediately rushed to the scene and started an investigation thinking it was a hate crime and spoke to the temple community.