Twenty eight years after the anti-Sikh riots in India, a petition has been tabled in Australian Parliament seeking recognition of the 1984 violence as “genocide.”

The petition, with 4,453 signatures, was moved by federal MP Warren Enstch on Thursday.

Tabling the petition, Mr. Enstch said that as long as the 1984 events “continue to be referred to as ‘anti-Sikh riots’ there could be no closure for the Sikh community.”