British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday cited concerns he, as a father of daughters, is the main driving force behind his commitment to crack down on crime and make the country’s roads safer.
The father of 11-year-old Krishna and nine-year-old Anushka told reporters on his way to the G-20 summit in Bali last weekend that the issue of women’s safety was personally important to him.
Sunak, the Indian-origin British prime minister married to Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy’s daughter Akshata, made it clear that this is a priority issue for him, citing some of the recent attacks on women and girls in the UK.
“I want to make sure my kids and others can move around safely, which is what every parent wants for their kids,” Sunak said. Making it safe is something that is very important to me personally.
A BBC report said on Saturday that Sunak said her daughter Krishna wanted to walk to her primary school in London when she was 11 years old. As a result, before Sunak resigned as chancellor in July, the family moved out of their flat at 11 Downing Street to live near their daughter’s school. Sunak moved to 10 Downing Street after being sworn in as prime minister last month. It is noteworthy that 10 Downing Street is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Britain.
On cracking down on crime, Sunak said people from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be affected by crime and he wanted to “do something for those people” by deploying more police officers on the streets.
Should there be more inmates in prisons? On this question, Sunak said that this is a logical result of arresting more number of criminals and the government is engaged in building 10,000 more jails in a few years.