LONDON: Britain’s former Sikh MP Parmjit Dhanda, who represented Gloucester in the House of Commons from 2001 to 1010, has revealed that a pig’s head was found outside his home just after his loss in the 2010 election.
The 41-year-old former Sikh MP made this revelation to an all-party parliamentary inquiry into racism during election campaigns.
There have been cases of candidates from minority groups or gay and lesbian or even women candidates being subjected to death threats, abusive calls and threatening emails during election campaigns in Britain.
The aim of the inquiry is to gather evidence of the extent of racism, abuse and discrimination during election campaigns and fix responsibility for dealing with it.
Often a target of racism, Dhanda was reportedly called on the phone during the night and woke up one day to find a pig’s head on his front drive.
Dhanda told the panel that the pig’s head on the front drive of his house was found by his children. The incident happened just after his defeat in the 2010 election from the Gloucester seat.
Inquiry panel chairperson Natascha Engel, Labour MP of North East Derbyshire, told the Sunday Times, “We set up this inquiry to see whether prejudice and discrimination during elections was a problem and I have been shocked to discover the extent of it and how extreme some of it is.’’
Parmjit Dhanda was the longest serving Sikh MP in Britain after Piara Singh Khabra who represented Ealing South from 1992 to 2007.
Dhanda was the first person of Indian origin to become a minister in Britain when in 2006 he was appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state for children, young people and families.