City of Turlock Recognizes 1984 Sikh attacks as Sikh Genocide
The City of Turlock has recognised the June 1984 attack on Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar and other Gurdwara’s in Punjab and the November 1984 massacres of the Sikhs throughout the Indian subcontinent as the 1984 Sikh Genocide.
A proclamation of the city of Turlock notes that “despite widespread effort to seek justice, hundreds of criminal cases pertaining to Sikh murders in 1984 were closed by the police and have not been reopened; and after 26 years, in February 2011, in the village of Hondh-Chillar, State of Haryana, mass graves of Sikhs were unearthened and new evidence was discovred, burnt Gurdwaras and other traces of unaccounted victims.”
Gary Soiseth, Mayor of Turlock declared, “I Gary Soiseth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Turlock, and on behalf of the entire City Council and all our citizens, do hereby proclaim June 2018 as Sikh Genocide Day and offer our rememberence and condolence to those lives lost and those lives who suffered from this horrific devastation.”
‘Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world’, the proclamation marked. With more than 23 million Sikhs worldwide and an estimated 250,000 Americans of Sikh origin.