Wednesday, September 26The Voice of London

Has David Cameron Alienated The South Asian Community?

It has been four years since David Cameron made a speech in Munich that “multiculturalism has failed in Britain”. Inevitably, this statement was met with huge criticism. Many people’s sentiments were hurt. But what cannot be ignored is that there are growing problems within the community.

Words: Izza Hina, Subeditor: Mariya Savova

Honour killing, gang rape and jihadi brides. These are just a few of the problems which are predominantly being faced by South Asians. Over the past few years there has been a growing number of such cases in the UK. It seems that these issues are not being addressed properly, which is why more severe and extreme cases come to light. According to recent figures more than 11,000 cases of honour crime alone were recorded by UK police forces between 2010 and 2014.

There is a certain stigma, attached within the community, that these controversial issues cannot be addressed openly as it would bring shame to the family. But the question is, are all these problems South Asian community problems? Could South Asians be blamed for not openly condemning these issues? Are they not being given a bigger platform to voice their opinions? Or maybe the UK government has played a role in alienating the ethnic community by not providing enough help and support?

In an exclusive interview, freelance journalist Saleem Qazi told Voice of London: “The government has definitely taken certain steps which are perceived to be targeting the ethnic community.”

Mr Qazi further added that “we always have extremists talking on my behalf, on behalf of common citizens of this country who have nothing to do with that debate.”

The community problems do not end here. The dynamics of this are far more complex as cultural issues are often mixed with religion and that is when the complications begin. These misconceptions can only be eradicated if people stand from within the community itself and address these issues more frequently and openly.