Some religions use public funding to produce statistics that show they are 'more hated than others', a Sikh peer warns

Lord Singh said Sikhs in particular are at risk of “falling off the Government radar” because they “do not have a culture of complaint”.

And he accused some communities of using “Government funding to produce questionable statistics to show that they are more hated than others”.

During a debate on Islamophobia in the House of Lords, the independent crossbencher said: “Shouldn’t we be thinking about all communities, or only those that are in more powerful positions?”

Lord Singh called for a precise definition of Islamophobia, similar to the one accepted for anti-Semitism.

He said: “If we don’t have a clear definition, Islamophobia risks being seen as an emotive word to get public sympathy and Government resources.”

Communities Minister Lord Bourne said: “No government would want to rush into this. We really do need to get this right.”

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