US Hindu temple smuggling case escalates

The case of a Hindu organization trapped on the charge of smuggling laborers from India to America by greed has now spread to four states.

US Hindu temple smuggling case escalates
US Hindu temple smuggling case escalates

It is alleged that the BAPS Swami Narayan Sanstha was getting the temple built by paying $1.20 per day. For the first time, the organization was sued in May when it was accused of making people work in inhuman conditions at an allegedly being built temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The officials of BAPS were accused of forcibly getting the workers engaged in the construction of the temple to sign the contract.

It was told that under the supervision of security guards, laborers were being made to work for 12-12 hours and leave was not being given. According to the UNESCO Heritage Litigation, the ancient temple of India was taken to New Jersey on an R-1 visa. This visa is for religious professions like priests etc. Last month, the case was amended and laborers from other states were also included in it. According to the lawsuit, these workers are from the marginalized communities of India. The workers claim that they were also tortured in temples in California, Chicago, Texas, and Atlanta

Allegations baseless: Fathers' fathers have denied all these allegations. "Government officials in the United States have authorized R-1 visas for stone carving artists for the past 20 years. Federal, state, and local officials have been able to apply for stone carvings," Paul Fishman, the organization's attorney, said in an emailed statement. Have been making frequent visits to all the construction sites where these artists volunteered.” Workers in other states say they were not made to work as many hours as workers in New Jersey but were paid far less than the minimum wage. Worked in the construction of temples. According to the charge sheet, some laborers have worked for eight-nine years.

'Threats were also given' Workers in other states, like those working at a temple being built in Robbinsville outside New Jersey, have alleged that they were not allowed to keep their passports, that they were made to sleep in large halls, and that they were protected by security. The guards used to watch over them. "At the Robbinsville Temple and elsewhere also, the defendants deliberately made workers believe that serious bodily harm would befall them if they attempted to leave the work and temple premises," the lawsuit said. All the Hindu temples mentioned in the lawsuit belong to BAPS, a corporation registered in Delaware known for the Akshardham temple in India.