It is in this context, Mr Potok, Editor of ‘Hate Watch’, said, there is much about politics of 2016 in the United States that triggered hate crimes.
"There is no doubt that they were related to the elections. One, largest number of hate crimes occurred a day immediately after the elections and the numbers west down virtually every day for about a month," Mr Potok said. "Besides, in 37 per cent of the cases the perpetrators, in one way or the other reference Donald Trump while attacking or abusing the victim, like 'Get Out of here, Trump is our President now' or his 'Making America Great Again'," he said. On this backdrop -- triggering the hate campaigns and hate crimes, he said, "a very, very similar thing happened in the United Kingdom immediately after the Brexit and Britons voted out of the European Union". Such crimes are directed against all kinds of people - including the immigrants. Therefore, he maintained it may not be erroneous to believe that "The world, much of the western world is seeing the rise of the right wing populism". Asked to comment on India, he admitted, "I know less of India, but it is a similar phenomenon". To another question about the recent attacks on people from the Indian community in the United States, he said, there is no consolidated data on it as such, but in 2015, the number of anti-Asian hate crimes stood at 111, which showed a steady fall from its tally of 199 in 2005. "From 2015, two new categories anti-Hindu and anti-Sikh were added to the list. So, five of these crimes were anti-Hindu and six anti-Sikh." Quoting America's Bureau of Justice Statistics, Mr Potok said an estimated 293,800 violent and property hate crime -- non-fatal victimisations occurred in 2012 against persons age 12 or older residing in US households. The report further has suggested that In 2012, victims perceived that the offender was motivated by bias against the victim's ethnicity in 51 percent of hate crimes. This was a statistically significant increase from 30 per cent of hate crimes motivated by ethnicity bias in 2011 and 22 per cent in 2004. The percentage of hate crimes motivated by religious bias was nearly three times higher in 2012 (28 per cent) than in 2004 -- 10 per cent.
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