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Over 6000 hate crimes recorded against Hindus Sikhs in US FBI

Twenty-one percent of hate crimes in 2016 were motivated by religion.

The FBI released its 2016 hate crime statistics report Monday.

Singh said it will be hard for the country to mobilise political will and resources necessary to address the issue if law enforcement agencies fail to document true extent of hate crimes.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), an organization that tracks hate-crime and discrimination, said the rise in hate crimes "coincides with Donald Trump's racist, xenophobic campaign and its immediate aftermath". Hate crimes against black people declined by 3 offenses from 2015 to 2016. Anti-Semitism was the cause motivating about 55 percent of the crimes, followed by anti-Muslim sentiment, which motivated about 25 percent. Anti-Jewish incidents rose by 3 percent, while anti-Muslim incidents rose by 20 percent.

Most of the crimes in 2016 were motivated by the victim's race or ethnicity, not by religion or sexual orientation. As many as 62 percent of those hate crimes targeted gay men.

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Of the 7,615 overall hate crime victims in 2016, 4,720 of them were against people. The rest were crimes against property and crimes against society.

The SPLC contends that the actual number of hate crimes may be much higher.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, said in a statement that the new Federal Bureau of Investigation hate crime report shows the need for all Americans to stand up to increasing bigotry nationwide.

Most hate crimes, about 27 percent, happened at residences.

Hate crimes in North Dakota appeared to drop for the second straight year in 2016, but authorities warn against making year-by-year comparisons because the number of participating agencies changes each year.

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