Please take few minutes to go through different steps (step 3 is time critical step)
STEP 1: Read this appeal
Read through the account of funeral (on June 30th) from a visitor and appeal to help the family (if you have not read it already)
Few hours ago my family visited Divyendu Sinha’s funeral. We saw many hundreds of people across the cross section of races whose lives Divyendu and his family touched.
It was heart breaking to see his wife and two teenage sons who lost their loved one in a senseless attack. What is tragic is they have to bear the loss with the images of the the brutal attack done in front of their eyes, for no reason, no provocation while they tried to stop helplessly.
Those who came up and gave eulogies are from the cross sections, from his past PhD student who said how he used to enjoy Indian food at their home, to his manager at Siemens who could not control his grief and sorrow and pledged to do his best to see the family through, to the faculty member at College of Staten Island who want to start a scholarship (or funding) program in his name and many friends who accounted their memories and his scholarship. The priest who conducted the ceremony has done a great job of informing the ceremony procedure to those who are not acquainted.
Though this loss is primarily to his family and to his close relatives and friends, but it is also that of larger community. If one family is insecure, it is insecurity for all of us. It could be anyone of us. We do not know the motives of those who attacked, it could be racial, it could be first easy target they found to perpetrate their gruesome violence and perhaps Indian Americans in their view are easy targets. The bigger issue is whether the administration will handle this fairly. Given the past history, such as family of Geetha Angara from Holmdel, NJ who was brutally murdered at work place is still waiting for justice even after more than five years shows it is imperative that community come together to bring justice.
What next? While we are attentive to this now, it cannot be a matter of first few days. The family has to continue and they would need support, emotionally, financially and legally. The family has to go on and there are two teenagers who needs to go to college. (Please see the websitehttp://justicefordivyendufamily.wordpress.com/how-you-can-help/ ). We have to ensure that justice is done to the family and community can play a big role in showing support. Many times these cases are diluted with the affected getting little support in the end. This case has to be pursued effectively in both criminal and civil courts. The civil courts have to pursued to ensure that the family is compensated adequately for the loss of sole incoming member of the family.
In helping them we are helping ourselves. We have to come together as a community and be their larger family.
STEP 2: Contribute to Children Education trust & Family General Fund
1) Please consider making generous contributions to scholarship funds for the children of Dr. Sinha.
Checks can be made out to the
“Aashish Sinha Trust Fund“ and/or “Ravi Sinha Trust Fund“ and mail to:
116 Village Blvd, Suite 200
Princeton, NJ 08540
2) You can also contribute using credit card to a General Fund for helping the family with their expenses through VHP America. IT IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
a) Go to: http://ess.vhp-america.org/dms/contribute.php
b) Under Donation Cause (right side), select ‘Donor Specified‘
c) Under Specifics say, Dr. Sinha Family General Fund.
STEP 3: Contact County Prosecutor (Time Critical Step)
Contact Middlesex county prosecutor Honorable Bruce J. Kaplan informing him the outrage of the community and urge that his office to examine all information such as facebook pages where they believed to have boasted about their brutal act, pattern of past actions (even bullying or harassing) against certain communities. (click here for Prosecutor’s Press release stating that his office will seek them to be try them as adults)
Honorable Bruce J. Kaplan, Prosecutor
Public Safety Bldg, Floor 3
25 Kirkpatrick Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08857
Phone: 732-745-3332 Press 1 + Ext 3333
Email: Prosecutor@co.middlesex.nj.us, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Ralph Cretella is the assistant Middlesex County Prosecutor handling the case and Superior Court Judge Roger W. Daley in New Brunswick (Ph: 732-519-3115) is the judge handling the case in Family Court.
Also, anyone with information about attack is asked to call Officer Greg Morris of the Old Bridge Police Department at 732-721-5600 or Investigator Paul Miller of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4466.
STEP 4: Contact Old Bridge Mayor
Contact Old Bridge Mayor urging him to do everything possible to bring the criminals to justice.
Honorable Mayor James T. Phillips
Township of Old Bridge
1 Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Phone: 732-721-5600, ext 2040 (Mayor’s assistant)
STEP 5: Join Facebook and Twitter
Consider joining Facebook and Twitter so that we can communicate with you. Community involvement is critical for justice to the family.
STEP 6 : Sign Petition
Click link below to sign Online Petition to Governor, State Attorney, County Attorney, Old Bridger Mayor and Indian American NJ legislator Upendra Chivukula