UK: Sikh MP abused, threatened for not addressing community's issues

Updated On : 19 Nov , 2017 , 08:56 PM
UK: Sikh MP abused, threatened for for not addressing community's issues (Source: Twitter)
UK: Sikh MP abused, threatened for for not addressing community's issues (Source: Twitter)
New Delhi:

Trolls have been abusing and threatening Tan Dhesi, a Sikh MP in the UK, with threats of violence for his alleged silence on issues related to the Sikh community.

Dhesi has been accused of ignoring the plight of Jagtar Singh, a British Sikh man and Scottish activist who was arrested during his visit to India.

Dhesi became Labour MP for Slough in June and vowed to continue working for the whole public "regardless of background, colour or creed" rather than focussing on just one community, The Sun reported.

Trolling started after Dhesi won the right to speak at Prime Minister's Questions and used the slot to ask about a rail link in his local area.

One troll wrote to Dhesi saying: "...A Sikh British citizen is being tortured in Punjab and you're worried about rail. You have no response to that. You need a slap upside your head you fake Sikh!"

"It's hard enough serving as an MP without having to face constant abuse from various quarters (whether that's the far-right/extremists/others who feel that I'm only interested in 'my community's issues', or those from within my 'own' community who feel I don't do enough)," he wrote on Facebook.



"When people resort to abuse, they are actually doing a disservice to their own cause. I will do what I genuinely feel is right, rather than be forced by anybody to follow their priorities or way of thinking.

"I am not merely a Sikh MP/representative speaking solely on Sikh issues," Dhesi added. 

(With PTI inputs)

First Published : Sunday, November 19, 2017 08:32 PM
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