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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

With sinister laws like SB403, the US will devolve into a hostile space for Hindus

Most Indians are not aware of the sinister Bill SB403 that is going to severely impact their lives in times to come. With laws like SB403, the US will devolve into a hostile space for Indians. Indians are all in for a rude shock.

SB403 will institutionalize hate against South Asians, Indian American and Hindus.

You can be presumed guilty based on last names dietary habits (e.g. vegetarian), religious markers (e.g. Tilak or sacred thread), etc. The bill creates stigma for being South Asian, especially Hindu or Indian American.

The bill denies equal protection and due process under law SB-403 may appear to expand civil rights protections, but SB-403 is actually an unconstitutional, blatantly discriminatory bill that singles out and racially profiles people of South Asian origin and presumes this minority community is guilty of wrongdoing.

Vast majority of the people of Indian origin do not identify themselves as belonging to any specific caste. Our friends come from diverse backgrounds and cultures – irrespective of their race, religion, nationality, or even the so-called caste SB-403 will directly lead to hatred against people with Indian ancestry-bullying, false workplace discrimination.

The word “caste” in the bill is a conduit for the word “Hindu” and the aforementioned act will specifically target Hindus in California. We are against all forms of discrimination. Any discrimination is bad, and every possible discrimination is already covered and protected in existing laws.

(This article has been compiled from the tweet thread posted by @IAHinduCouncil on May 12, 2023, with minor edits to improve readability and conform to HinduPost style guide)

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