British Sikh MP Tan Dhesi faces online abuse for 'ignoring plight of community'

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, a Sikh MP in the UK has been abused and targeted with threats of violence from furious trolls who think he was not speaking enough on issues related to the community

PTI November 19, 2017 16:02:55 IST
British Sikh MP Tan Dhesi faces online abuse for 'ignoring plight of community'

London: A Sikh MP in the UK has been abused and targeted with threats of violence from furious trolls who think he was not speaking enough on issues related to the community, according to a media report.

British Sikh MP Tan Dhesi faces online abuse for ignoring plight of community

File image of Labour Party leader Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi. Twitter @TanDhesi

Tan Dhesi, who became Labour's MP for Slough in June, was accused of ignoring the plight of a British Sikh man who was arrested during his visit to India.

But Dhesi vowed to continue working for the whole public "regardless of background, colour or creed" rather than focussing on just one community, The Sun reported.

The abuse came 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.

Trolls said he should have asked about Jagtar Singh, a Scottish activist who was arrested in India, the report said.

One troll wrote to the MP 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!"

Dhesi reacted with fury and pointed out that he has repeatedly worked on Johal's case.

"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.

Updated Date:

also read

UK watchdog is looking into iOS, Android 'mobile ecosystem' over concerns of the tech giants stifling competition
News & Analysis

UK watchdog is looking into iOS, Android 'mobile ecosystem' over concerns of the tech giants stifling competition

The authority said it’s taking a closer look at the “effective duopoly” Google and Apple have on the various gateways through which users can access online content.

Milkha Singh passes away: Farhan Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar extend condolence after sports veteran's demise
Entertainment

Milkha Singh passes away: Farhan Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar extend condolence after sports veteran's demise

"A part of me is still refusing to accept that you are no more," Farhan Akhtar wrote on social media on Milkha Singh's demise

Milkha Singh to be cremated with full state honours in Chandigarh, announces Punjab CM
Sports

Milkha Singh to be cremated with full state honours in Chandigarh, announces Punjab CM

The Punjab government will also observe a day of state mourning in the wake of the passing away of the track and field legend.