Britain’s strong Sikh community is all set to be listed in the 2021 census as a distinct ethnicity rather than only as a religion, the UK Statistics Authority has said, which is a major step that will give the community fair access to all public services in the country.
Last year, over 100 British lawmakers, including Indian-origin lawmakers, had asked the authority to include Sikh as a separate ethnic box for the 2021 census.
The 2021 census is set to list Sikhism as a distinct ethnicity rather than only as a religion, The Sunday Times reported.
In the most recent census in 2011, more than 83,000 Sikhs refused to tick any of the choices in the question on ethnicity, rejecting options such as Indian in order to write “Sikh” in the space for “any other ethnic group”, it said.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is considering the inclusion of Sikhism as an ethnicity on the 2021 form, but had raised concerns over the issue of “public acceptability” and whether the move would…