Chair of the all-party parliamentary group for British Sikhs Preet Kaur Gill has written to the government after the publication of a report from the body calling for action to address the rising tide of hatred towards the Sikh community.
In the letter sent to Home Secretary Priti Patel and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick, the Shadow International Development Secretary and first British female Sikh MP highlighted the recommendations in the APPG report.
The new report from the group, sent alongside the letter, has called on the government to give more funding to combat anti-Sikh hatred and for the issue to be treated similarly to Islamophobic and antisemitic discrimination.
Commenting on the report today, Gill said: “The scale of hate crimes targeting the Sikh community is a phenomenon that is largely invisible to government and the wider public. Official Home Office data for the last two years shows the level of reported hate crimes targeting Sikhs has increased by over 70%.
“However, the increased reporting is the result of Sikh community organisations raising awareness of the need to report and has been achieved with no government funding or support. This must now change as hate crimes against the Sikh community are on the increase and should not be hidden away and ignored.”