Cllr Ahsan Khan, Portfolio Member for Community Safety, statement on sentencing of Jamila Choudhury

4 October 2019
Waltham Forest Town Hall

Cllr Ahsan Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Like the residents of this wonderful, tolerant borough, I was horrified to hear the homophobic abuse shouted by one lone bigot during the otherwise excellent Pride parade in July. I am pleased that Jamila Choudhury admitted her guilt and how ashamed of her actions she was, and I welcome the court’s judgment.

“This person does not represent Waltham Forest. They do not speak for our community. We reject entirely the language of hate and those who would seek to divide us. If you have witnessed or been the victim of hate crime in Waltham Forest, we want to know so we can take action and prevent it happening again. You can report to us online via our website or call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

“I am proud to serve such a diverse and welcoming borough, where everyone can enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life. We are working with partners across the community and our residents to build an even safer borough where all are free to make the most of their life chances.”