UK’s zero-tolerance approach to criminal activity praised

Dignitaries at the Divali event in Cardiff (Photo:
Dignitaries at the Divali event in Cardiff (Photo:

AN Indian diplomat has praised the zero-tolerance approach to criminal activity and harassment in the UK, pointing out that it has helped maintain harmony between different communities.

Hon. Consul for India in Wales, Raj Aggarwal OBE, also commended the approach of the South Wales Constabulary for encouraging social cohesion.

“I am also so pleased that we have zero tolerance policy to harassment and criminal activity in Wales, this helps build, maintain cohesion, relationships and harmony between communities which already exists. Thank you, chief constable Matt Jukes and your team (who was in attendance) for your immense support,” he said at the first ever Diwali celebrations hosted by Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford yesterday (24).

First minister Mark Drakeford joins in the dancing to bhangra music (Photo:
South Wales chief constable Matt Jukes with Raj Aggarwal. (Photo:

The event was held at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff, and the 65-year-old Labour politician praised the Indian community for their massive contribution to Wales.

More than 300 people were in attendance for the night of celebration that included traditional Indian music, dancing and food.

Other dignitaries at the event included Baroness Eluned Morgan AC/AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, Counsellor Minister DP Singh of the Indian High Commission and Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Morfudd Meredith.