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Indian Origin MP Mamed Shadow Minister of Labour Party

Indian-origin British MP Seema Malhotra has been appointed as the Labour party's first-ever shadow minister dealing with violence against women and girls.

42-year-old Malhotra was named shadow minster by Britain's Opposition party leader Ed Miliband.

Malhotra's role will also involve working on Labour's Women's Safety Commission, which will draw up laws to be enacted if Miliband wins the next election.

A shadow minister is a member of the main opposition party in Parliament who would hold ministerial office if their party were in power.

The Feltham and Heston MP said there was a "shocking" level of violence against women both in Britain and abroad, and too little was being done to help victims.

"I feel very proud to have been appointed as the Labour party's first-ever shadow minister for preventing violence against women and girls.

"It is significant that Labour has made this issue such a priority and I look forward to working with colleagues to try and make a real difference to women who have experienced huge trauma in their lives," The Guardian quoted her as saying.

As part of the front-bench team of the shadow home

secretary,Yvette Cooper, Malhotra will work on issues like sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, trafficking and prostitution.

"The level of violence against women in Britain, and indeed the world, is shocking and too little is being done to prevent these crimes, support the victims and bring the perpetrators to justice.

"I will be looking to change this and look forward to working with Ed and Yvette to make sure a Labour government offers a real alternative to women and children trapped in cycles of violence," Malhotra said.

Miliband said the appointment was "another indication of the importance a Labour government will place on tackling violence against women and girls".

"Yvette has rightly put this at the heart of her vision for the Home Office and I look forward to continuing working with her and Seema to ensure a Labour government can make a real difference to the lives of the victims of these terrible crimes," Miliband said.

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