The anti-bullying bill will be introduced in the coming Congress session and when this bill would become law, it would be implemented in 25,000 schools and colleges throughout the US.
This was stated by Congressman and former Lt Governor of California John Garamendi while addressing a community outreach function organised by North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) at Tracy, California, on October 18.
He said he had been working hard on this bill since long along with other members of the House of Representatives. He assured the gathering that the said bill was ready to be introduced in the House to become a law.
Welcoming Garamendi, NAPA chairman Dalwinder Singh Dhoot said while the 9/11 tragedy brought great suffering for the Americans, disturbed the normal life and changed direction of the world history, members of the Sikh community were also negatively affected.
"A number of Sikhs became the victims of mistaken identity and lost their lives. Their property was damaged by anti-social elements. Sikh students became the victims of hate crime and Sikh travellers during the airport screening exercise were mistreated and were forced to take off their turbans," he said.
Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu, economist HS Randhawa, Bal Bahadur Singh and Balwant Singh Sandhu also addressed the audience on the occasion.
Later, NAPA office-bearers presented a charter of demands to Garamendi.