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Briton faces ban for using racist term 'Paki'

Magistrates have imposed a ban on the man from Manchester under the Anti-Social Behaviour Order. He also faces a prison sentence.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 12:20 IST

The use of the word "Paki" or chanting it in a chorus had been ruled as a racist abuse by two judges of the High Court in late July. Now, a man from Ardwick, Manchester faces a prison sentence for using the word Paki. The city magistrates have imposed a ban on him under the Anti-Social Behaviour Order.

The order was passed following complaints about abusive phone calls that the man made to council officers. The man has not been named possibly because of the fear of retaliation that could lead to race violence.

Most north England cities have a sizeable population of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. The wounds of race riots a few years ago in Oldham, Burnley and Bradford have, as yet, to heal fully. The High Court judges had banned Sean Ratcliffe of Stoke-on-Trent from Premiership and National league grounds for three years for his involvement in terrace chant: "You are just a town full of Pakis" along with around 100 Port Vale supporters at Oldham Athlete supporters.

The judges had over-ruled the order of the lower court that had held that the word Paki was not offensive. The High Court sent back the case to the lower court for further sentencing Ratcliffe. He was ordered to pay a fine of £150 and asked to pay £120 costs.

The word "Paki" has been used as an abuse for years for anyone from the sub-continent, specially in the inner cities, where people generally fail to differentiate between Indians and Pakistanis or Bangladeshis.

The High Court judgement has been in that case historic. Until the judicial ruling the word was considered politically incorrect only by the government and parties. A senior Tory official lost her post, two years ago, following a furore over a joke she related at a private function in a club concerning Pakistanis.

Now, after the action in Manchester, the word would most possibly go out of the abuse lexicon of the racists.