U.S. Sikhs took heart in a widely publicized Senate hearing on hate crimes and a pledge by the Justice Department to consider tracking such crimes directed at their community. The September hearing featured Harpreet Singh Saini, 18, whose mother was one of six Sikh worshipers killed Aug. 5 when a gunman opened fire in their Wisconsin temple. "We cannot solve a problem we refuse to recognize," he told a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sikhism, a monotheistic faith founded in South Asia, is the world's fifth largest religion with an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 adherents in the U.S.
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