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In what can only be described as one of the most dramatic announcements in recent times, the representatives of many Interfaith national bodies in the United Kingdom came together to voice their grave concern with regarding to Grooming Gangs that exploit the vulnerable and target women of certain faith and ethnicities.
The letter below is self-explanatory and does not require this writer to add any commentary.
The following letter was sent to the British Hone Secretary, The RT Hon Sajid Javid MP on 5th June 2018.
A faith response: tackling religiously motivated sexual grooming
Joint letter sent to the Home Secretary 5th June 2018
As faith representatives, we support the ongoing efforts of Sarah Champion MP who has asked the government to take further steps in tackling the issue of child sexual exploitation. A recent letter coordinated by Champion dated 25 May 2018, and co-signed by a group of 20 cross party politicians requests the Home Secretary and Minister for Children and Families to do more for the victims of Britain’s sexual grooming gang epidemic.
The cross party group have requested the Home Secretary pays heed to the 2015 report Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation, and have asked the government to commission research into better understanding the ‘operation and motivation’ and ‘drivers’ behind sexual grooming gangs. We believe this is important, however we also believe some aspects of the ‘motivation’ and ‘drivers’ behind sexual grooming/child rape gangs are already abundantly clear.
Firstly earlier this year, a survivor of these rape gangs has confirmed she was targeted for being a ‘white slag’, because she was ‘non-Muslim’. Judges like Gerald Clifton who sentenced men in Rochdale in 2012, made a similar observation in sentencing remarks. He said the Muslim men had targeted their victims because they were not part of the offenders’ ‘community or religion.’A (2017) report from counter-extremist think tank Quilliam looked at 58 grooming gang cases since 2005, and found 84% were ‘Asian’, of which the majority were comprised of men ‘of Pakistani origin, with Muslim heritage.’
This analysis was preceded by the Jay report into Rotherham (2014), which concluded, ‘agencies should acknowledge the suspected model of localised grooming of young white girls by men of Pakistani heritage, instead of being inhibited by the fear of affecting community relations.’ The report concluded an estimated 1,400 children, (mainly white girls) had been abused by predominantly British Pakistani men. Muslim girls are rarely targeted, and despite authorities failing to recognise the phenomenon, Sikh and Hindu communities have been complaining about ‘grooming’ since the 1980s.
We as faith communities want the government to do the right thing and call out the motivation for the majority of sexual grooming gangs for what it is. We believe the evidence overwhelmingly points to an inconvenient truth. That is: non-Muslim girls (this includes Sikh, Hindu and Christian girls) have been systematically targeted in Britain due to a form of religiously motivated hate. We must have the courage to face the reality if we are serious about finding a solution to Britain’s sexual grooming gang epidemic. We support Baroness Warsi’s brave stance when she said, “a small minority” of Pakistani men see white girls as “fair game”, and ask the government to help the Muslim community tackle this stain on an otherwise law-abiding community, with appropriate funding if necessary.
Lord Singh of Wimbledon – Network of Sikh Organisations
Wilson Chowdhry – British Pakistani Christian Association
Satish K Sharma – National Council of Hindu Temples
Trupti Patel – Hindu Forum of Britain
Ashish Joshi – Sikh Media Monitoring Group
Mohan Singh – Sikh Awareness Society
The letter will certainly raise a huge debate in the corridors of power, but suffice to say, this phenomenon may not be unique to the UK alone. In the era of ‘#Metoo’ is it not striking that there is a deafening silence from the self-confessed champions of equality and diversity? One has to question their integrity, their honesty and the ethics on which they shout out so loudly on certain issues, but remain so silent on others. Surely, we cannot allow the faith of the perpetrators to hold society to ransom? We diminish ourselves when we pick and choose when to show our contempt. Protection of ALL women, regardless of their backgrounds, must be one of the cornerstones of any civilised society.