British MPs Call for Protection of Sikh Community from Hate Crimes

August 25, 2005


On August 25, 2005 icBirmingham reported, "Police must protect Sikhs from any reprisals following the terrorist attacks on London, a Midland MP has warned.

Rob Marris (Lab Wolverhampton South West) said Sikhs could be targeted following recent events.

Sikh Gurdwaras, or temples, have already been vandalised by people attacking Muslims, who do not understand the difference between Sikhs and Muslims or do not care, he said.

The MP has tabled a House of Commons motion urging Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, and chief constables across the country to thoroughly investigate any attacks on the Sikh community and other minority communities.

He said: 'I am very concerned that the Sikh community and other minority communities should not become the target for hate attacks following the dreadful bombings in London on the July 7. The UK Sikh community have expressed their deep sadness and concerns along with others at the terrible atrocities perpetrated by the terrorists, both in London, New York and elsewhere in the world.'"