UK Sikh NRIs oppose use of word ‘Asian’ for criminals

ISSUEsfUKThe Sikh Federation, UK, has asked police to refrain from using the term ‘Asian’ when referring to criminals with South Asia origins especially in the aftermath of the Rotherham sex-trials that involve Pakistani men who preyed on teenagers.

The Group made the plea following the conviction of four Pakistani origin men from a single family, for raping and sexually abusing as many as 15 teenage girls for over 16 years in Rotherham last week. Bhai Amrik Singh of the group said “If the four men have been found guilty and carried out the abuse were Pakistanis, that is how they should be described, and not called Asian.

He said in the Sikh Manifesto they published before the General Election, was that the government should encourage public bodies and media to abandon the use of the term ‘Asian’ when describing perpetrators for reasons of political correctness.

The issue was also criticised in 2013 when Sikh and Hindu groups started a petition. In a joint statement then, the Hindu Council, the Network of Sikh Organisations Sikh Media Monitoring Groups and the Sikh Awareness Society said ‘Communities who themselves fall victim to the emerging pattern of criminality should not be besmirched by the vague terminology ‘Asian’. Rather, one needs to be clear on the identity of those involved.