A Birmingham MP said she would “never downplay” the impact of domestic abuse after a respected charity focused on Sikh domestic violence prevention asked her to apologize for alleged “offensive comments”.

Sikh Women’s Aid, the UK’s only frontline service for Sikh women, said Preet Gill MP, who represents Birmingham Edgbaston, appeared to question allegations of sexual abuse within the gurdwaras.

The dispute came after a report published in November 2022 by the anti-domestic violence charity Sikh Women’s Aid. Featured of 839 Sikh Women in Britain surveyed, almost two-thirds said they had experienced domestic abuse.

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According to the report first released Per The Guardian, Sikh members in a WhatsApp group called Sikhs in Labor have lodged a complaint with the Labor Party after Gill MP said those who call Sikh temples unsafe are using “very dangerous language”.

In the report, he urged them to apologize in writing to their gurdwaras. A member of the group was reported to be “disgusted” by the comments, calling them “unforgivable”.

When approached by the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), MP Preet Gill said: “I worked with victims of abuse for twenty years before I became an MP and would never minimize the impact abuse had on those victims.


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