Surrey’s South Asian community turned out in force to a forum at a Sikh temple to look for answers to recent violence Sunday afternoon.
Organzier Harpreet Singh says the event, held largely in Punjabi, was effective because it was so community focused.
“When forums are held, we need people who are at the grassroots level who come there to pray. And where they listen listen to these kinds of social evils which are prevailing in our society. I think it’s a wonderful step where people who are requiring the help the most get that kind of help.”
Singh is optimistic – after an event he says tackled the stigma of speaking out head on.
“If the community knows about anything about their children, they should not feel ashamed about talking; they should come forward. And if they feel that something is happening wrong, they should immediately report it to the police.”
Speakers included Eileen Mohan, who is the mother of one of the surrey six victims.
Also in attendance: religious leaders, and a former gangster.
Singh says the discussion centered around openly talking about drug and crime problems.
He says the mood was very positive.
Another forum is planned for May 24th.
Photo courtesy: John Hua/Global BC