Source: The Anti-Defamation League
On June 25, 2003 The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release stating that "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the attack of an Indian graduate student in a deplorable hate crime... Robert Leikind, ADL New England Regional Director, issued the following statement: This week, our community was shaken by a deplorable crime -- the attack on Saurabh Bhalerao in New Bedford on Sunday. This act -- this hate crime -- is evidence of a tragic reality. Hate remains a force in our communities and it must be fought. In our diverse society, it matters not whether the victim is Hindu, Muslim, Jewish or Christian. People of all backgrounds need to work together to build a future that we can be proud to pass on to our children and grandchildren."