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National Sikh-rights leader coming to Wisconsin


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Sikh community has expressed devastation and shock over the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.

Jasjit Singh, the executive director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) is set to arrive in Wisconsin late Sunday night to offer his support to the Sikh community and investigators.

Singh's group deals with human rights issues related to the Sikh community. Singh says this day has been extremely difficult.

"At this point, it's just been pure shock. It's a tragedy of a magnitude that our community has not seen to date. We face challenges in many different contexts, especially after 9/11, whether it's racial profiling, hate crimes, school bullying, employment discrimination. The community is largely used to facing some challenges, but nothing of this magnitude, so at this point it's just been pure shock," says Singh.

There are 700,000 Sikh Americans in the nation. Singh says the Sikhs believe in diversity and freedom of religion.

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