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Indian Americans more likely to face unfair police treatment in US: Survey

The report released this week is part of a series titled 'Discrimination in America'

IANS  |  New York 

A NYPD motorcycle police officer speaks with a passerby. Photo credit: Wikipedia
A NYPD motorcycle police officer speaks with a passerby. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Many Americans of Indian origin could be at the receiving end of unfair police treatment as a new survey has revealed that are much more likely than to report at the hands of the enforcement agencies in the US.

were significantly more likely (17 per cent) than (two per cent) to say they or a family member had been unfairly stopped or treated by the police because they were Asian, the results of the survey showed.

This is despite the fact that were also more likely (33 per cent) than both (16 per cent) and Southeast Asian Americans (11 per cent) to say they lived in a predominantly upper-income area.

The report released this week is part of a series titled "in America" which is based on a survey conducted for Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and TH Chan School of Public Health.

A quarter or more of Asian Americans in the survey said that they experienced anti-Asian in employment and when seeking they housing.

Additionally, nearly one in five Asian Americans said they faced because they were Asian when applying to or while attending college (19 per cent) or when interacting with police (18 per cent)

"Our poll shows that Asian American families have the highest average income among the groups we've surveyed, and yet the poll still finds that Asian Americans experience persistent in housing, jobs, and at college," said Robert Blendon, Professor at TH Chan School of Public Health who co-directed the survey.

"Over the course of our series, we are seeing again and again that income is not a shield from discrimination," Blendon said.

The report showed that that 21 per cent of all Asian Americans said that they or a family member had been threatened or non-sexually harassed because they were Asian.

Another 10 per cent say that they or a family member had experienced violence, and eight per cent said they had experienced sexual harassment because they were Asian.

Non-immigrant Asian Americans are significantly more likely than immigrant Asian Americans to say they have experienced these forms of discrimination, the findings showed.

The survey was conducted between January 26 and April 9, 2017, among a nationally representative sample of 3,453 adults aged 18 or older.

 

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 15:39 IST
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