Muhbeen Hussain, founder of a British Muslim youth group in Rotherham, said the police and the town’s social services "totally failed us" by not taking action against gang members. Photo courtesy of Muhbeen Hussain

Muhbeen Hussain, founder of a British Muslim youth group in Rotherham, said the police and the town’s social services “totally failed us” by not taking action against gang members. Photo courtesy of Muhbeen Hussain


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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Muslims have reacted with horror to a sensational report revealing that 1,400 children were subjected to rapes, abductions and beatings by gangs of men, mostly of Pakistani origin, in the northern English town of Rotherham.

In the report, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997-2013), lead author Alexis Jay writes that police and government officials turned a blind eye to the horrifying reports reaching them from abused children — almost all of them teenage girls — because of fear that, if widely known, they would stir up anti-Muslim feelings in Britain.

Muhbeen Hussain, founder of a British Muslim youth group in Rotherham, said the police and the town’s social services “totally failed us” by not taking action against gang members.

“We want the investigations to go back to 1997, cases reopened and prosecutions made, because these people aren’t convicted — they’re still on the streets,” he said.

Sajid Javid, UK's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Sajid Javid, culture secretary in Prime Minister David Cameron’s government. Photo courtesy of UK Government Via Wikimedia Commons


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There are approximately 8,000 Muslims living in Rotherham (population 257,000) and 2.8 million Muslims in the U.K.

“It’s definitely not racist to ask why the majority of Rotherham abusers were Asian men,” said Sajid Javid, culture secretary in Prime Minister David Cameron’s government. “How else will we learn from these awful crimes?”

In an Aug. 26 editorial, the conservative Daily Mail said the majority of British Asians are as horrified by the crimes committed in Rotherham as anyone else in Britain.

But it added: “But the inescapable conclusion is that the dictates of political correctness were placed above the duty to protect children against violent abuse. Could there be any more damning incitement of the warped priorities of British officialdom?”

YS/MG END GRUNDY

4 Comments

  1. One might harbor the naive hope that this could open some people’s eyes to the danger of shouting “Islamophobia!” (and “kyriarchy,” “colonialism,” “racism,” etc.) every time Islam or even a Muslim person is criticized or accused of wrongdoing.

    Sadly (or hilariously), the “social justice” crowd seems to have decided that the failure to properly investigate these crimes had nothing to do with fears of stirring up Islamophobia and racism, and that the lack of action was actually due to white police believing the victims were “asking for it”:
    http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2014/08/guest-post-not-as-comfortable-for-the-media-to-talk-about-as-political-correctness/

  2. Child protective is a dimension of law enforcement. The national police force is currently under the command of a broad in Manolo Blahniks who gives you gems of wisdom like this

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8690466/London-riots-Theresa-May-rejects-calls-for-water-cannon.html

    Theodore Dalrymple has his horror stories about what courts have quite self-consciously allowed malefactors to get away with in Britain. It’s almost as if enforcement effort is allocated to people who pose no physical danger to civil servants.

    • Referencing Theodore Dalrymple on Islam is not much different than referencing Ian Paisley on Catholicism. As much as part of the problem as the subject being referenced.

      What the UK needs is some good old fashioned officially codified Separation of Church and State once and for all. When you divorce national identity from religious identity, you don’t run into these situations as often. No perception of the government favoring one faith, no worry about concessions to others for the sake of appearances.

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