New York City’s Muslims, Sikhs Experience High Levels Of Harassment: Study

Source: Huffington Post

A Muslim woman prays at Bensonhurst Park to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Brooklyn on June 15.

GABRIELA BHASKAR / REUTERS
A Muslim woman prays at Bensonhurst Park to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Brooklyn on June 15.

Muslims and Sikhs in New York City have experienced a significant level of harassment in recent years, a new survey published by a city agency has found.

Nearly half of Sikh respondents to the study and 42 percent of Muslim respondents reported experiencing verbal harassment, threats or taunting that referred to their race, ethnicity or religion.

The survey of 3,105 Muslim, Arab, South Asian, Jewish and Sikh New Yorkers, published Tuesday by the city’s Commission on Human Rights, is an attempt to capture the experiences of these minority communities, and to quantify how often bias incidents are reported to community or governmental organizations.

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