Sikhs third most targeted religious group in US after Jews, Muslims: FBI report
New York, Nov 13:
The Sikh community is the third most commonly targeted religious group after
Jews and Muslims in the US, according to an annual report released by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), reported PTI.
According to a
press release issued by the FBI, the 2018 data shows the largest number of hate
crimes based on religion were reported against Jews (835), followed by Muslims
(188) and Sikhs (60). There were 64 offences against Sikhs with 49 known
offenders and 69 victims.
Another 91 hate
crimes were reported against other religions, including 12 against Hindus and
ten anti-Buddhist crimes.
submitted by 16,039 law enforcement agencies, provides information about the
crimes motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual
orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.
In total, at
least 7,120 hate crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies across the
US, slightly down from 7,175 in 2017, the report states.
Sikh Coalition, a
New York-based think tank that defends Sikh civil rights, said in a statement
that it remains a “disheartening” fact that hate crimes remain systematically
underreported across the US.
crimes remained relatively steady nationally, reported anti-Sikh hate crimes
rose by 200 percent since 2017, making Sikhs the third most commonly targeted
religious group in the dataset,” it said.
“At the end of
the day, this data simply isn’t giving us the accurate information we need to
effectively counteract hate against targeted communities,” said Sim J Singh,
Sikh Coalition Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy.
“It’s past time
for action. Congress must pass the next generation of common-sense legislation
that equips law enforcement to better identify and track hate incidents,” he
The FBI reports
as many as 148 hate crimes against Asians in 2018, while those against Arabs
were 82, anti-American Indian or Alaska Native (194).
According to the
Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, Americans experience an average of
250,000 hate crimes per year; this latest FBI data, by contrast, only managed
to document 7,120 incidents, with less than 13 per cent of law enforcement
affirmatively providing reports of hate crimes, it said.