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Feds to start tracking hate crime against Sikhs on anniversary of temple shooting

WASHGINTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The U.S. Justice Department will start keeping track of hate crimes committed against members of the Sikh religion and six others.

The tracking will begin on Monday, the first anniversary of the attack on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek where six worshippers were killed.

The AP said Attorney General Eric Holder was planning to announce the measure Friday afternoon.

The department’s Policy Advisory Board recommended the tracking of hate crimes against Sikhs, Mormons, Buddhists, Hindus, Arabs, Orthodox Christians, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Sikh leaders asked Congress for the measure a few months ago.

Also today, Holder is announcing a half-million dollar grant to provide trauma and mental health services to those affected by the Oak Creek tragedy. That includes family members of those killed and injured, plus other survivors.