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Bradford pizza restaurant fined over cockroach infestation

Bradford pizza restaurant fined over cockroach infestation | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

The owner of a cockroach infested pizzeria in Bradford must pay out nearly £7,000 to the courts after admitting a string of food hygiene breaches.


Mohammed Waheed, who runs Gino’s Pizza, in Carlisle Road, pleaded guilty to eight charges yesterday in front of a District Judge at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court.

The case follows an inspection by Bradford Council environmental health officers a year ago, who found a large cockroach infestation on the premises and traps covered in the pests.

Waheed, 26, of Farcliffe Place, Heaton, Bradford, had worked at the business for eight years, but had only taken over ownership of it a month earlier from his brother Sarfraz Ahmed.

Council officers had attended the takeaway to check on the premises assuming Mr Ahmed was still in charge, having served him with notices to improve twice before.

The court heard how Waheed admitted he had taken over the business and he voluntarily closed it down for three days while a pest control company was employed to get rid of the cockroach infestation.

Harjit Ryatt, prosecuting for the Council, said Waheed had confirmed he was aware of the problems with cockroaches when he took over and was also aware of the lack of cleanliness at the premises.

“He accepted that when he took over he hadn’t ensured a food safety management procedure was put in place,” said Mr Ryatt. “Despite all this he continued to trade and failed to take adequate steps to sort it out.

“Once the seriousness of the situation was conveyed to him he did engage a contractor and sort out the infestation. Also, he did comply with an improvement notice by September.”

Nigel Hamilton, for Waheed, had applied to the courts to have the case dropped claiming an abuse of process by the Council, saying his client had been assured if he complied with a notice to improve then he would not be prosecuted. District Judge David Stott disagreed and the case continued.

Mr Hamilton said: “Without knowing that he was going to be prosecuted he put in place all of the actions that he had been told to do and all that had been completed well before the September visit from environmental health officers.”

Judge Stott fined Waheed a total of £1,800 and ordered that he pay all the Council’s costs, which amounted to £5,190.

After the case, Ian Bairstow, the Council’s strategic director for environment and sport, said: “This case shows that we are not prepared to tolerate poor standards of hygiene in the district’s restaurants and takeaways. Food premises owners have a duty to make sure that they do not put the health of their customers at risk and this includes maintaining the highest possible standards of cleanliness.”

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Brave Sikhs beheaded in Pakistan for not converting to Islam

Why is 'secular' indian media silent? Brave Sikhs !


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Nelson taxi boss in ‘road-rage’ attack on motorist

A TAXI firm boss kicked a motorist in the head and punched him repeatedly during a ‘road-rage’ attack, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates court heard how Ammer Naveed, 35, who owns Street Cars in Nelson, left victim Scott Wilkinson with four loose teeth and unable to sleep at night.

Naveed, who employs 14 people, has now lost his private hire licence and could face losing his operator’s licence.

Mr Wilkinson, 49, whose son had been with him and had tried to stop the battering, also suffered a cut ear, gashed lip and swelling during the unprovoked assault.

Father-of-five Naveed, of Farrer Street, Nelson, had been convicted of assault after a trial.

The defendant had denied the allegation.

He was given 26 weeks in jail, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work and must pay £400compensation and £100 costs.

Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said Mr Wilkinson, a painter and decorator, had been travelling up Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, towards a mini roundabout, when Naveed’s taxi came out of Netherfield Road, causing him to slam on his brakes to avoid a crash.

The defendant stopped, got out, threw the bottle and opened Mr Wilkinson’s door as the victim tried to close it.

He kicked him, using the flat of his shoe, connecting with the side of his head and dragging his foot down the victim’s ear, causing it to bleed.
The defendant then punched Mr Wilkinson a number of times with such force his head was knocked back.

The victim’s son then tried to stop Naveed who later fled in his cab before police were called.

Miss Akhtar said after the assault, the victim had been to his doctor and had been given sleeping tablets, was nervous about going out on his own and had been feeling down.

He had not worked for two weeks, as the painkillers he had been prescribed had made him drowsy, and he had not wanted to face customers with his injuries.

Naveed had no previous convictions.

The prosecutor added the assault was being reported to the county council.

Kamran Yousaf, for Naveed, said he had been a taxi driver since he was 17, had built up his business and had 14 employees.

The incident last October 18 was isolated and the defendant felt enormous regret.

Naveed would say Mr Wilkinson made a gesture and he accepted he made a mistake in stopping his vehicle and retaliating.

Mr Yousaf continued :” He just saw red. He didn’t realise what he was doing. He can’t understand what went through his mind for him to go and do what he did. He accepts his actions were out of order.”

The solicitor added Naveed was held in high esteem in the community.

Mr Yousaf said: “He has lost his private hire licence and he runs the risk of losing his operator’s licence.”

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Sudanese woman reportedly sentenced to death by stoning for adultery - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Sudanese woman reportedly sentenced to death by stoning for adultery - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

May 17, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A court in the Sudanese capital Khartoum has sentenced an unidentified woman to be executed by stoning for committing the “crime of fornication” under Islamic Shariah laws, local newspapers reported on Wednesday.


The sentence was handed down on 14 May by Judge Sami Ibrahim Shabo who presides over the general criminal court in Um Bada area, in the suburbs of Khartoum’s twin-city of Omdurman.

According to the privately-owned daily newspaper Al-Ahram al-Yawm, the court issued the sentence after the defendant refused to “retract her earlier confessions” that the child she gave birth to is from a man other than her husband.

The man she said she had a sexual relationship with has denied the charge and was therefore acquitted by the judge.

The predominantly Muslim Sudan is supposedly governed by Shariah laws under the rule of the Islamist National Congress Party (NCP).

However, there are no recorded cases of courts applying the extreme punishments of stoning to death for adultery or the amputation of hands for theft.

Newspapers said that the sentence has been referred to the Supreme Court for final approval.

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Jessica had a loving, very middle-class upbringing. So how did she become a victim of the Rochdale sex gang?

Jessica had a loving, very middle-class upbringing. So how did she become a victim of the Rochdale sex gang? | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Victim: Jessica, here aged five. As a young teenager she was lured by a criminal gang into an underage sex-for-sale ring.


As a child, Jessica loved playing in the tent in the garden, or walking her pet dog on the beach in sight of Blackpool’s famous tower, seven miles away up the Lancashire coast. She would go back to her family’s smart home for an early supper with her father Jim, a successful property developer, mother Jennifer, and her sister Melissa, who is three years younger.

The family moved to Rochdale, Greater Manchester, when Jessica turned 13, and it was the same story of happy family life. ‘The girls always came home for our evening meal together,’ remembers Jim today. ‘Even as young teenagers, they were not allowed to stay out after 7.30 in the evening. We set down rules, and they had a childhood full of ballet classes and wonderful holidays.’

Yet, to the bewilderment of her loving parents, Jessica’s behaviour suddenly changed. ‘By the age of 15, she wanted to be out late at night all the time. If we kept her in, she’d climb out of the upstairs window on to a flat roof above the porch, jump down and disappear into the streets. It was much worse than normal teenage rebellion.

‘We would drive my BMW around trying to find her. It happened at least 20 times, more than I can remember. She fell in with a local girl we did not like and started to use vulgar swear words in front of her sister.’

Now Jim and Jennifer know the truth. Their slim, dark-haired, pretty daughter — who was then studying for her GCSEs at state school — had been lured by a criminal gang into an underage sex-for-sale ring operating from Pakistani-run kebab shops and takeaways in Rochdale. At one stage, horrifyingly, she was being forced to sleep with five men a day, four or five times a week.

Last week, after a lengthy trial, the gang’s 59-year-old ringleader (who cannot be named for legal reasons) and eight other men were jailed for offences including rape, aiding and abetting rape, the trafficking of girls and conspiracy to have sex with a child. One was an Afghan national and the rest were of Pakistani heritage.

It was the latest in a string of almost identical high-profile cases in northern England and the Midlands involving the sexual abuse of white underage girls by street-grooming gangs.

For years, a dangerous myth has surrounded this type of sex crime. In this era of political correctness, it is a myth promoted by the police, the BBC, and many media commentators. They insist that the perpetrators come from every ethnicity and not, primarily, from the British Muslim Pakistani community.

In fact, almost all of the scores of men convicted of street-grooming schoolgirls for sex — and there have been at least 21 court cases since 1997 — have had exactly this ethnic background.

The abuse began at two takeaways in the Heywood area of Rochdale, including the Balti House, which is under new ownership
And now, a new myth is being peddled: that the girls themselves are somehow to blame. A picture has been painted of them as the wild progeny of feckless parents, or as girls lost in the care system who are prepared to sell themselves, as one male BBC Question Time panellist put it this week, ‘for a packet of crisps or a bit of credit on their mobile phone’.

But as Jessica’s parents prove in this haunting interview, that is not necessarily the case at all.

The Rochdale gang convicted last week beguiled naive girls, one barely out of primary school, with bottles of vodka, cigarettes and mobile phones. And then, these children were forced to have sex with the gang members and scores of their friends.

To silence their victims, many of whom came from decent homes like Jessica’s, the gang threatened to tell their families they were prostitutes, rape their little sisters or kill their parents with knives or firebombs.

Jessica was the key witness in the shocking trial of the Rochdale street grooming gang. She bravely gave evidence, known only as Girl A — and her story was as heart-rending as it was shocking.

At 15, she became friends with an older white girl (the friend her parents disliked) who took her to a kebab shop and introduced her to the men who worked there. The girls began visiting regularly and, at first, the men were friendly. They gave the girls copious glasses of vodka and food. As Jessica told the court: ‘They also made me feel like I was pretty.’

But soon she began to realise the men were anything but friends. One day, a 59-year-old man, who turned out to be the gang’s ringleader, who was convicted at the recent trial, invited her to a room above the kebab shop for a chat. He reminded her of the free vodka and meals he had given her.

He said he wanted something back from Jessica in return. When she said no, he hurled her on to a bare mattress on the floor and raped her.

Jessica later recalled that as he forced himself on her, she found herself staring at a children’s clock hanging on the wall of the upstairs room. It had the face of an angel on it. Afterwards, the man told her not to cry.

When she finally got home, Jessica was too terrified to tell her parents. And besides, the gang promised they would beat up her, or her family, if she spoke to Jim and Jennifer about what had happened or refused to return to the kebab shop.

Under new ownership: The Tasty Bites takeaway – now renamed Bakar’s – was the other takeaway at the centre of the scandal
So it was that this terrified schoolgirl was ensnared — and that first rape was to turn into months of sexual attacks by dozens of men, who paid the gang £30 or £40 a time to sleep with her (from which she and other girls were occasionally given £10). On one occasion she was handed over free ‘as a treat’ to one of the gang members, a 25-year-old called Kabeer Hassan, who was convicted at the recent trial.

At the height of her ordeal, Jessica was driven in the gang’s taxis and pizza delivery vans around a succession of flats and houses in Rochdale and other former mill towns in the north, where there are large Pakistani communities. There, groups of men she did not know were waiting to rape her over and over again — and then hand over their cash to the gang.

‘I don’t know how many I had to sleep with . . . I couldn’t even count them in my head,’ she later told police. The men never used condoms.

She recalled at one point how at first she felt dirty and ashamed, but as time went on she just felt numb. As she said: ‘It had been going on for so long with so many different men it was as if it wasn’t me any more. I just couldn’t get out of it . . . I was trapped. It just became like a daily life.’

At home, as Jessica’s torment increased, her parents began to suspect something was wrong, but could not establish what it was.

Jim says: ‘When Jessica started coming home late with gifts of toys or sweets for her sister, we knew she didn’t have the pocket money to buy them. The idea that she was shoplifting went through our mind, and we invited the social services here to this house, but they refused to help us.’

The couple would berate Jessica for staying out late and being rude to them. ‘I would get cross with her,’ remembers 43-year-old Jim. ‘But she wouldn’t tell us anything. Of course we now know she was in the clutches of a criminal gang which was threatening to hurt us and her younger sister if she said a word.’

It was in August 2008, several months after she first went to the kebab shop, that Jessica summoned the courage to fight back against her abusers. After being plied with drink, she flew into a rage and smashed the counter of the shop in a protest at her treatment by the men.

Jailed: The Rochdale child sex gang who were jailed. Pictured (top row left to right) Abdul Rauf, Hamid Safi, Mohammed Sajid and Abdul Aziz; (bottom row left to right) Abdul Qayyum, Adil Khan, Mohammed Amin and Kabeer Hassan

The police were called and she seized the chance to blow the whistle on the gang. At that point, she told officers she had been attacked by two men, and an investigation began which involved taking DNA swabs from Jessica’s clothes and the men she accused.

For the first time, Jessica reluctantly told her parents a half-truth about the police inquiry. She said she had been raped by a man in the town.

Her mother cannot erase the memory of that terrible day. ‘When Jessica told us, we were so sad. We felt her innocence had been taken away. At that point we thought it was a one-off incident, although deeply traumatic for her.’

But if Jessica hoped informing the police would bring her suffering to an end and the rapists to justice, she was bitterly mistaken.

Just two weeks later, one of the gang, 41-year-old Abdul Aziz, started pestering her again on her mobile. Other gang members found out where she lived and watched her house from their taxis and delivery vans. Amid threats from the gang that they would tell her family she’d had sex with men for money, she felt compelled to visit her tormenters again.

What followed next is a scenario few will understand. For soon, Jessica was back in the gang’s clutches and being raped by more men. As she explained in a quiet voice at the trial: ‘They threatened to batter me and tell my mum the truth about me. I was scared to say no to them.’

Finally, having assessed Jessica’s allegations, the Crown Prosecution Service told the police that there was no prospect of a successful conviction. It reached that view despite DNA linking her directly to the 59-year-old gang leader.

As a result, scandalously, the gang remained free to continue grooming other schoolgirls for another two long years.

During the trial this month, the court heard how the girls — all under 16 — were held down by their abusers and raped. Some of the victims drank themselves into oblivion to blot out what was happening. Men would line up outside bedrooms in sleazy properties to have sex with them. One girl slept with 20 men in a single evening.

The gang used nicknames such as Tiger, Master and Daddy, so their young victims they could not later give their real identities to the police.

It was only when Nafir Afzal, a new Crown Prosecution Service chief in the area, reviewed Jessica’s file in 2010 that the police inquiry was re-opened. Mr Afzal says today that Jessica was ‘let down by the whole system’.

At least 47 girls were systematically abused by the gang before the first arrests were made, but only five dared to give evidence at the trial for fear of reprisals from the gang.

For Jim and Jennifer, the trial — which Jim attended — was an appalling ordeal. Before that, Jessica, who is now 19, had spared them details of the number of men who had raped her.

Sitting with her husband in their neat family home, Jennifer recalls the nightmare of hearing the truth for the first time. ‘Before the court case, she told us bits of things,’ she says. ‘We had a broad idea, but did not know everything. We were horrified.’

Blinking back tears, Jessica’s father says: ‘Since the trial, we have heard time and again, on the TV, radio and in some newspapers, that the gang’s victims were ‘vulnerable’ girls. But this isn’t the truth. This crime can happen to any girl from any background.

‘We want to warn other parents and other girls to beware. These men make friends with kids coming out of school in the afternoon, on the streets where they shop on a Saturday afternoon.

‘The younger the girls, the more innocent they are of the dangers. They are flattered by the attention and they think it is exciting to go to a kebab house and be given a meal and a glass of vodka.

‘Jessica had a lovely home, and a mother who was waiting here to greet her from school. We had told her never to talk to strangers. But these men were introduced to her as friends and she believed, to begin with, they were her friends.’

For their part, Jessica’s parents believe there is a disturbing racial element to the sex crimes of these grooming gangs run by British men of Pakistani descent. ‘All too often, these men think white girls are worthless and deserve what they get,’ says Jim.

Supporting their fears, one Muslim leader said after the trial his community were ‘burying their heads’ in the sand over this issue.

Although the great majority of Pakistani Muslim men must utterly deplore these crimes, a small minority believe white British girls are ‘easy meat’ who have none of the modesty of their own sisters, daughters and nieces.

After one recent case, a radio station asked British men from Pakistani families in Bradford why so many white girls were targeted by the gangs. One man replied: ‘It is the way woman dress, isn’t it, in mini-skirts? It encourages men to go and jack (snatch or attack) them.’

For the record Jessica — who now lives away from Rochdale (to avoid reprisals from associates of the jailed gang) but sees her parents regularly — never dressed in a skirt, let alone a mini-skirt. ‘She’s always in jeans or jogging pants and covers herself up,’ says Jim.

‘She did nothing to deserve the treatment she got from those men. If this can happen to Jessica, it can happen to any girl.’

When Jim shows me politely to the front door, we pass a blue plastic box in the hallway. It is an alarm system linked to the police — there in case any of the jailed gang’s associates come looking for the girl who bravely blew the whistle on them or seek to take revenge on her family.

For Jessica and her parents — and so many others who fell victim to these wicked men — the ordeal is far from over.

Some names have been changed to protect Jessica’s identity.

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Help For Heroes donations attacked by Muslims

Help For Heroes donations attacked by Muslims | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Organisers of a village May Queen fete have come under attack for choosing to support a charity that helps wounded soldiers.


Woodmansterne May Queen Fete has been a tradition since 1966, but the decision this year to choose Help for Heroes as the main recipient of their fundraising on the village green on May 7 has prompted an angry protest.


Mohammad Siddique condemned the charity for helping soldiers get back to the front line and said he was contacting local MP Crispin Blunt to inform him a number of Muslim groups are now considering an online petition designed to force a Commons debate on withdrawing its charitable status.


He said: "My family and our local Muslim community were disappointed to see that the Woodmansterne May Queen committee have seen fit to publicise their Bank Holiday fete by adopting the Help for Heroes as their nominated charity.


"It is, of course, cynical and absurd to claim that Help for Heroes is 'non-political' and 'simply wants to help'."


"It is a straightforward fundraising device designed to rehabilitate injured British soldiers and, wherever possible, return them to the front line.


"It is equally misleading for Help for Heroes to describe these men and women as ‘volunteers’ - they are uniformed soldiers contracted for wages to do the bidding of their government...........Read more:



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Jury sworn in as parents go on trial accused of Shafilea Ahmed murder

Jury sworn in as parents go on trial accused of Shafilea Ahmed murder | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
A jury has been sworn in in the trial of a man and wife accused of murdering their teenage daughter.


Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and his partner Farzana Ahmed, 49, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, both deny murdering 17-year-old Shafilea Ahmed in 2003.


A jury of five women and seven men have been selected for the trial at Chester Crown Court. The panel was told a list of witnesses giving evidence in the murder case, including Mr and Mrs Ahmed's family, friends and neighbours, and Shafilea's college pals. Other witnesses include police officers, social workers, psychologists, forensic archaeologists, shop workers, and mobile phone and taxi experts, the court heard.


The jury were sent home until Monday morning, when prosecutors are expected to open their case.


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£40k arson scam lands Oswaldtwistle trader in jail

£40k arson scam lands Oswaldtwistle trader in jail | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

AN Oswaldtwistle shopkeeper who torched his store for an insurance payout of up to almost £40,000 has been jailed for four years.


Saddaqat Ali was found guilty of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered on August 11, 2010 and fraud between August and December 2010, after a week long trial at Burnley Crown Court.

The 40-year-old married father of four, who had claimed the blaze had nothing to do with him and denied the allegations, was sentenced yesterday, after the court waited for pre-sentenced and psychiatric reports.

Recorder Mark Ainsworth told Ali at a previous hearing: “A prison sentence was inevitable.”

Sitting at Preston Crown Court Recorder Ainsworth sentenced Ali, who had no previous convictions. During his trial the jury were told, how Ali, started the fire at the West End Convenience Store, Blackburn Road, Oswaldtwistle after removing valuable stock from the shelves.

He had been seen leaving the premises at about 10.30pm, by a neighbour who was also a regular customer.

Shortly after, the customer heard a popping sound from the shop.

Worried neighbours risked their lives trying to smash their way in with a sledge hammer, fearing people might be trapped inside.

Firefighters tackled the blaze and their investigation proved the fire had been started deliberately.

The court also heard Ali made a claim to his insurance company for damage and business interruption, saying he had been burgled. No cash was ever paid out.

Ali, of Perry Street, Darwen, who had leased the premises for a year at the time, claimed the business had been going well and he had been making a profit.

He insisted the shop had not been in trouble and claimed the first thing he knew about the blaze was the next morning, when he listened to voice messages from loss adjustors on his mobile phone.

Giving evidence, the defendant had told the court that he had left the shop at 9.30pm and had gone to the house of a woman he was having an affair with before driving home.

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Mosques' advice: 'don't report abusive husbands'

Mosques' advice: 'don't report abusive husbands' | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Six out of ten mosques in Sweden gave women advice about how to deal with spousal abuse and polygamy that contradicted Swedish law, a new investigation has revealed.


Using hidden cameras and telephone recording equipment, two women posing as abused spouses visited ten of Sweden's largest mosques as part of a report put together by Sveriges Television (SVT) investigative news programme "Uppdrag granskning".

The women then asked leaders at the mosques for advice about how to address issues such as polygamy, assault and non-consensual sex.

Six out of the ten mosques visited by the women, who had also claimed that their husbands had multiple wives, told them that they should nevertheless agree to have sex with their husbands even if they didn't want to.

Six of the mosques also advised the women against reporting spousal abuse to the police. Leaders at another mosque were divided on the issue, while women received vague advice from yet another mosque.

Only two of the mosques gave the women clear advice directing them to report their abusive husbands to police.

The women were also told by nine of the ten mosques that men had the right – under certain circumstances – to have more than one wife.

Only one mosque told the women that men didn't have the right to be married to several women at the same time and that their husbands needed to follow Swedish law.

The advice, which in many cases advocated violating Swedish laws, came from imams or family counselors at the mosques.

When "Uppdrag granskning" host Janne Josefsson approached two of the largest mosques featured in the programme to inquire about their official position on matters discussed by the women, the answers he received were totally different than what the women heard.

The chair of the Islamic Association in Uppsala claimed in the story that people should follow Swedish law.

When confronted by what the imam at the Uppsala mosque told the women, the Islamic leader explained that the imam had expressed his personal opinion in urging the women to forgive their abusive husbands rather than report them to police.

The imam with whom the woman met at the mosque in Stockholm defended polygamy and also advised against filing a police report about husbands who beat them.

He suggested instead that the women try to show their husbands more love.

"Don't refuse to give him love, because then he might change," said the imam.

Upon seeing the SVT report, however, the board of the Islamic Association in Stockholm (Islamiska förbundet Stockholm) decided to suspend the imam immediately and launch an internal investigation.

"This is a clear breach of Swedish law and they commit professional misconduct in their capacities as imams and associations," Mohammad Fazlhashemi, a professor and author of books on Muslim intellectual history, told the TT news agency.

Fazlhashemi, who also appears in the SVT report, has reviewed a written transcript of the advice given to the women.

"What these men are saying to the woman violates their human rights. The men demean and insult the women when they say 'you need to tolerate that these men hit you'," said Fazlhashemi.

He is highly critical of the imams featured in the SVT report for not following Swedish law.

"Considering the fact that the mosques have received state funding, they have also committed to following Swedish law and the basic principles of democracy," he said.

Fazlhashemi describes the Muslim leaders featured in the piece as "conservative, letter of the law traditionalists".

"Now it's time for some housecleaning. They need to weed out the bad seeds," he said.

Fazlhashemi, who is also a Muslim, expressed concerns that such outdated mosque representatives benefit Muslim-haters and the far-right Sweden Democrats.

"They confirm the negative picture of Muslims. It's a real shame that they confirm of the prejudices that Islamophobes have," he said. 

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Takeaway boss Azad Miah who groomed young girls for sex investigated over possible links to Rochdale gang

Takeaway boss Azad Miah who groomed young girls for sex investigated over possible links to Rochdale gang | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Azad Miah, 44, the former Bangladeshi owner of the Spice of India restaurant, left, was found guilty of inciting four girls into child prostitution between 2007 and 2011. 

Detectives investigating possible links to Asian child sex ring gang in Rochdale who were jailed last week


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Muslim Brothel boss targeted girl, 12

Muslim Brothel boss targeted girl, 12 | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A Carlisle takeaway boss has been convicted of attempting to recruit four girls aged between 12 and 16 into prostitution.

Azad Miah, 44, was also found guilty at Carlisle Crown Court of running a brothel from his business and paying for the sexual services of teenagers.

The owner of the former Spice of India restaurant had denied all charges.

He was found guilty of inciting four girls into prostitution, and cleared of the same allegation against two others.

He was also convicted of paying for the sexual services of two girls.

Miah, who was warned that he faced a "substantial" prison term, will be sentenced on Tuesday.

'Persistent offers'
The court was told that the married father-of-four hounded and stalked the girls to try to persuade them to have sex for money.

He was described as carrying out a "cold, clinical exploitation of the desperate and vulnerable", targeting girls with drug or alcohol addictions, or with troubled backgrounds.

In his opening address, prosecutor Tim Evans said: "It is the Crown's case that the defendant deliberately targeted girls who fell into that category or who had other problems with the law.

"The defendant believed that such girls would be more likely to give in to his persistent offers... and they may find themselves less likely to be believed if they complained to the police against a responsible, respected restaurateur of the city."

The jury heard that one girl complained to police about Miah persistently harassing her in 2008, three years before he was arrested, but gave up when no action was taken.

Miah came from Bangladesh to England with his family in 1982, married his Bangladeshi wife seven years later, and opened the Spice of India in 2000.

The restaurant and takeaway in Botchergate is now operating with new owners and a new name.

'Big money'
Miah was convicted of paying one girl for sex a number of times when she was aged between 15 and 17. She used the money to fund her heroin addiction.

Following his arrest he claimed that the relationship did not begin until she was 18.

Another 15-year-old - whom he incited into prostitution - was paid £80 for sex after being told on her first day of work at the takeaway that she could make "big money".

He later claimed he had given the girls money out of generosity, and they had got together and concocted stories in revenge when the money stopped.

Following his conviction, Linda Vance, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Azad Miah is a sexual predator.

"Through the detailed investigations by the police, the thorough preparation of the case by the prosecutors, and most importantly the courage of his victims in coming forward, he is now facing justice."

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Exclusive: Men arrested as police launch new child sex probe in Rochdale

Exclusive: Men arrested as police launch new child sex probe in Rochdale | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Police who smashed the Rochdale child sex ring believe they have uncovered a SECOND grooming scandal in the town. The M.E.N. can today reveal that several men have been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing the same girl.


Police who smashed the Rochdale child sex ring believe they have uncovered a SECOND grooming scandal in the town. The M.E.N. can today reveal that several men have been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing the same girl. The alleged abuse is believed to have taken place over a six-year period when the girl was in her teens. Sources described her as ‘extremely vulnerable’. Detectives have carried out video interviews with the girl, who told them she knew the men only by nicknames. A string of suspects were tracked down by officers and a number of arrests have now been made. The men in question are all from Asian and Afro-Caribbean backgrounds, the M.E.N. understands. Detectives are exploring possible links between the men, although none have been established so far. A file of evidence is expected to handed over to the Crown Prosecution Service within weeks. The news comes just days after nine Asian men from Rochdale and Oldham were jailed over the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 13. The gang was convicted on the back of evidence from five witnesses, who suffered horrific abuse between 2008-2010. The team of detectives who investigated the case encountered 47 other girls who they believe were also the victim of sexual abuse. One is the alleged victim behind the latest arrests. The suspects do not include any of the men jailed this week. One senior detective told the M.E..: “Enquiries are continuing. Just because the trial has finished and nine men have been convicted does not mean the operation has stopped. “We are continuing to chip away, gaining the confidence of the girls.” The conclusion of the case this week sent shockwaves through the Rochdale community and sparked a major debate about whether the crimes were racially motivated. Judge Gerald Clifton, jailing the nine, suggested they had targeted their victims because they were ‘not of your community or religion’. But police and political leaders denied the crimes were about race – saying the men had targeted their victims simply because they were vulnerable.



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DENIAL IS A DIRTY WORD | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
By turning a blind eye to Muslim grooming gangs goodness knows how many more girls have been abused and have had their lives destroyed unnecessarily. All this could have been prevented but god forbid the authorities be labeled racist!


Denial (also called abnegation) is a defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. Remind you of anything? Muslim Grooming Gangs perhaps?

Paralysis of the mind is on display in the reaction to the atrocious and horrifying disclosures of the Paedophile Grooming Gangs. The word Muslim is simply absent from much of the coverage. The men are described as Asian or Pakistani. But this cowardly euphemism wrongly implicates communities that have nothing whatever to do with such terrible crimes. They don't involve Pakistani Christians or Pakistani Hindus; they don't involve Chinese or Malaysians, Sri Lankans or Thais.

While it is the case that in general the overwhelming majority of sex crimes against girls are committed by white men, this particular phenomenon of street gangs in Northern towns targeting white girls and passing them around for sex is disproportionately committed by Muslims.


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Yazeid Osama Aqqad, 24, of Alfreton Road, Radford, touched one boy when he was sitting on his lap on two occasions and abused another boy after inviting him to sit on his lap.

The mother of the two boys has been “vilified” by the Muslim community for reporting the assaults, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

She has been subjected to “a number of unpleasant incidents” including an episode at her home and damage to her car, Sarah Knight, prosecuting, said.

The mother told the court she felt the acts were aimed at encouraging her to withdraw the allegations because in the eyes of the Muslim community, she had committed a sin.

Aqqad denied the offences during his trial, but was found guilty unanimously of three allegations of sexual assault on a male child under the age of 13 years.

Judge Andrew Hamilton disqualified him from working with children and ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

Muslim leaders in Nottingham who were contacted by the Post condemned Aqqad’s actions and said the mother was absolutely right to report him.

Councillor Mohammed Ibrahim, who represents Berridge ward on the city council said: “There are people in every community who break laws and if someone is found to have broken the law, they should be punished.”

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Stoned to death for being ‘Emo’

Stoned to death for being ‘Emo’ | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

I have read reports from different sources that at least 14 young people were stoned to death in Baghdad in the last month.


This is being reported as a deliberate campaign by Shi'ite militants against kids who are dressed in 'emo' style. This subculture is widely perceived in Iraq as both gay and an expression of Satanism, say the reports.

According to Reuters, militants in Shi'ite neighbourhoods where these kids were attacked, had circulated pamphlets on Saturday morning naming at least 24 more youths who will be targeted for death if they do not change the way they dress.

"We strongly warn you, to all the obscene males and females, if you will not leave this filthy work within four days the punishment of God will descend upon you at the hand of the Mujahideen," this pamphlet reads.

Different reports are coming out about these attacks.

The majority of the youths who have been attacked have died from severe skull fractures after being beaten with rocks and bricks, although I have also read they are using concrete blocks.

Others, including two girls, were wounded in assaults, these were warnings…

There are others being targeted and this is a part of a larger trend in the area, where as many as 58 Iraqis believed to be gay have been bludgeoned to death with rocks in the past six weeks.

There were previous attacks in 2009 on those believed to be or known to be gay in Iraq.


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‘A forced marriage is a form of slavery… it’s time to say no’ Says Baroness Warsi

‘A forced marriage  is a form of slavery… it’s time to say no’ Says Baroness Warsi | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

PARENTS who force their children to marry will face jail under tough new laws being drawn up by ministers.


David Cameron is to act to halt the misery inflicted on up to 8,000 young British women every year.

The PM will make it a crime to push a son or daughter into wedlock without their full consent. He has ordered Home Office lawyers to create a new offence to be unveiled within weeks.

The action is a victory for The Sun’s Stop Child Weddings campaign, which exposed shocking cases in Britain.

We told how a girl from Yorkshire was married off by her callous parents when she had just turned FIVE — and revealed that two teenage sisters were forced to wed strangers on the same day during a trip to Pakistan.

Mr Cameron was spurred into action by Tory chairman Sayeeda Warsi, who convinced ministers that the practice — rife in parts of the Asian community — is a modern form of slavery. The Muslim peer accused governments of pussyfooting for too long on forced marriages, often used as an immigration scam.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she declared: “It’s now time to say no. This is not acceptable. The tragedy of these stories is long term. People are trapped in loveless marriages for a long, long, long time.

Shocking … The Sun has led fight against forced marriages
“There is often no relationship and they live as strangers in the same home.

“Forced marriage is akin to slavery and it is going on in Britain today. But it is time to draw a line in the sand and say enough. This is not acceptable.”

Baroness Warsi spoke out after winning a battle with Cabinet doubters opposed to changing the law. Home Office lawyers are now working on the fine print of wide-ranging new legislation to crackdown on forced marriages.

A team of academics and religious experts signed up as advisers will have its first meeting this week. The new law could require all people marrying abroad to declare their intent first with their local registrar in Britain. All religious ceremonies would be void unless they were also entered in the civil register.

This would make it harder for parents to lure their daughters abroad and blackmail them into marriage.

Downing Street said: “This is an issue close to the Prime Minister’s heart and he is determined to act.”

Last year nearly 1,468 forced marriages were investigated by British authorities. But experts believed the true total could be more than 8,000.


Twice-wed Baroness Warsi witnessed tragic cases as a solicitor and during election campaigns. She said: “When you go into an Asian house, you’ll have a conversation with the men, probably in the front lounge. I ask to pop in and see the women in the kitchen.

“At that point you talk to young girls who say, do you mind if I have a word? There is too much of ‘do you mind if I have a word’ still going on.” Lady Warsi told how disabled kids or youngsters with learning difficulties had been coerced into marriage to gain entry to Britain for their new partner.

She added: “The worst cases are the extreme cases where kids are drugged and taken overseas. Lots of intimidation and violence is used.

“But there are many more subtle forms of forced marriage that involve emotional pressure, deals or blackmail.

“You want to go to university? You want me to support you? You can go but you need to marry this young man first. Another one is, I’ll divorce your mother unless you marry him. Or the mother will threaten to kill herself.”


Lady Warsi admitted it had been a tough battle, with some arguing that it would be impossible to prove a marriage was forced. She said: “These arguments were raised about domestic violence and rape within marriage — until we criminalised this behaviour.

“We said society no longer finds this acceptable or turns a blind eye to it.

“This isn’t going to be an easy ride for me, especially as somebody deeply connected to Asian communities.

“I can’t see everybody in Somali, Kurdish or Iranian communities patting me on the back. But this isn’t about keeping everybody happy. It’s about doing the right thing.

“There will be challenges in relation to evidence and I am sure there will be many cases that go to court and there will be no conviction. But we can’t say that because it is going to be hard to prove, we shouldn’t do it.”

Mum-of-two Lady Warsi — born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire — is swift to draw a distinction between arranged and forced marriages. She said: “Both my marriages were arranged — the first by my parents, the second by a friend who is a cousin of my husband.

“We always want the best for our children but there is a line. A forced marriage is where there is no consent. The time has come to call a halt. This new law will change people’s lives.”

THE Sun told last month how Samina Shah had her childhood stolen when she was forced to marry at the age of five.Now in her 40s, Samina — not her real name — said: “The practice of forced marriage and the denial of human rights must stop.

“Ask those who are victims — male or female — and they will tell you that is immoral, inhumane and nothing less than a prison sentence which can be mental and physical torture.

“This law will give hope and rescue many innocent and helpless victims before they drown in a life of despair and unhappiness.”

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Two men jailed for sex offences on girl, 15

Two men jailed for sex offences on girl, 15 | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
TWO men have been jailed for their part in a horrific attack on a girl of 15.


The teenager was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted in Ravensthorpe. She was filmed being subjected to a series of sexual attacks over the course of one night in May last year.

Today, Ali Rehman, 26, of Tanhouse Street, Ravensthorpe, was jailed for 11 years for three counts of rape and one of attempted rape.

Faisar Younas, 23, of Myrtle Road, Ravensthorpe, was given a four year sentence for sexual activity with a child.

A third man, Larasab Hussain, 46, of Headfield Road, Savile Town will be sentenced in July after he admitted sexual assault.

All three appeared at Leeds Crown Court today.

They admitted their offences during a trial in March, when the court heard how parts of the night’s events were filmed on a mobile phone.

The girl was taken to the homes of Rehman and Younas and a third address, given alcohol and repeatedly sexually abused.

At one point she was too drunk to walk so Rehman carried her over his shoulder to Younas’ house, the court heard.

After today’s hearing Andrew Horton from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “This was a highly disturbing case in which the men preyed on a vulnerable child victim.

“The victim showed tremendous courage in coming forward and being prepared to give evidence at trial.

“We hope that the sentences handed down are some comfort to the victim and that she is now able to begin to rebuild her life.”

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Rochdale anti muslim grooming demo 16/5/2012

Protest against two Labour councilors who gave references to 9 Muslim Paedophiles found guilty of raping and abusing 47 girls aged from 13 to 15 years old.

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Six people charged over trafficking of Indian woman

Six people charged over trafficking of Indian woman | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Suspects, all from London, face a number of counts including rape, sexual assault and making threats to kill the alleged victim.


Six people, including a butcher and an optician, have been charged in connection with trafficking an Indian woman.

The suspects, all from London, face a number of counts including rape, sexual assault and making threats to kill the alleged victim, who is 37 and from the southern city of Hyderabad.

They will appear at Westminster magistrates court on bail, on 7 June.


Enkarta Balapovi, 53, a butcher from St John's Wood, north London, faces one charge of trafficking within the UK and five counts of rape.


Shanaz Begum, 56, a shop worker, also from St John's Wood, is accused of two counts of trafficking – the first into the UK and the second within Britain.


Shashi Kala Obhrai, 53, an optician, of Northwood, north-west London, is charged with trafficking within the UK, ABH and making threats to kill.


Balram Kumar Obhrai, 58, a computer entrepreneur from the same area, is accused of trafficking into the UK and making threats to kill.


Aleemuddin Mohammed, 34, a supermarket manager from Harrow, also in north-west London, faces a similar count of trafficking into the UK and another of sexual assault on a female.


Shamina Yousuf, 32, a secretary, of nearby Edgware, is charged with trafficking into the country and ABH.

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Bradford woman 'drugged and kidnapped by family after refusing arranged marriage'

Bradford woman 'drugged and kidnapped by family after refusing arranged marriage' | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
A Bradford woman was drugged and kidnapped by her family after refusing an arranged marriage, Preston Crown Court is told.


The court heard Naila Afsar's parents, Mohammed Khan, 55, and Shamim Akhtar, 56, and brother Shamrez Khan, 32, fell out with her after she wed in secret.

It is alleged she was taken at the Accrington home of her sister Saima Mahmood, 29, and Zahid Mahmood, 34.

All five deny charges of kidnap, false imprisonment and administering a drug.

The prosecution said the family fell out with Ms Afsar, 23, after she refused to go ahead with an arranged marriage to her cousin and moved to Newcastle, marrying another man in secret.

She told the court when her family found out they did all they could to split up the couple, but Ms Afsar eventually agreed to attend a reconciliation meeting at her sister and brother-in-law's home in Accrington in January 2010.

The prosecution said it was there that she was drugged and bundled into a car, to be taken back to the family home in Bradford.


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Loving Muslim family jailed for cruelty and violence towards relative with disability

Loving Muslim family jailed for cruelty and violence towards relative with disability | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
FOUR family members have been jailed for their ‘inhuman’ treatment of a relative who was subjected to a three-year campaign of cruelty and violence.


Nek Alam, 72, and sons Zahir, 33, Zahoor, 32, and Janghir, 29, repeatedly abused Ghalib Hussain, 27, a court heard.

The ordeal for Mr Hussain, an epileptic with learning difficulties, began after he came to Accrington from Pakistan in 2006 as a result of an arranged marriage to Nek Alam's daughter, Sofia.

She had rejected him and he was said to have been left ‘stranded and alone’ in the Alam household.

Burnley Crown Court was told that ‘child-like’ Mr Hussain was nicknamed ‘The Clown’ by his family and was subjected to cruelty by his relatives who regarded him as a financial burden.

A jury heard that Mr Hussain was said to have been beaten as ‘punishment’, had a jump lead clamped on his nose and was hit with the other end, was headbutted, kicked, punched and hit with a bat, a stick and a belt.

Nek Alam was said to have locked the victim in a room overnight and kicked and struck him.

On other occasions Mr Hussain was warned he would be buried alive in a cemetery and have his tongue ripped out.

The jury was told he also had to kiss the feet of his uncle and was not allowed to eat until he was told to.

Finally he was rescued after police found him.

He was wearing traditional Asian dress walking the streets.

A passer-by helped translate and he was asked if the officers could take him home.

But he became visibly distressed and was seen to cling to a lamp-post.

Nek Alam, Zahir Alam and Zahoor Alam, all of Richmond Hill Street, Accrington, were jailed for 15 months yesterday and Zahir Alam, of Willows Lane, Accrington, was sentenced to 10 months behind bars.

They admitted putting Mr Hussain, in fear of violence by harassment, between January 2007 and July 2010.

DS Julie Cross said: “The victim was subjected to years of harassment and emotional abuse and has been treated in the most dreadful manner.

"To treat a family member in this way is appalling and inhumane. I am satisfied with the sentences.

“I would like to reassure people that these despicable crimes will absolutely not be tolerated and all reports are investigated thoroughly and we will do all we can to bring the people responsible to justice.”

Mr Hussain, who could not read or write and did not speak English, had been unable to work because of his problems.

Prosecutor Jeremy Lasker had told the jury that certain members of the victim's family had described him as ‘slow in the head’. He said: “It's pretty clear that he was not regarded with much affection by his relatives.”

The court heard that Mr Hussain was no longer living with the Alams and was in the care of local authorities outside of the town.

Stuart Mills, for Zahir Alam, said Mr Hussain's behaviour could be very challenging and the family couldn't get the help they needed to cope.

He said ‘inappropriate excessive chastisement’ was used, in the manner that someone might deal with a naughty child.

Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson said: “I am satisfied that this is a case where your frustrated reactions to Mr Hussain's poor behaviour, as you saw it, overflowed.

“And the poor behaviour was clearly, it seems to me, as a result of Ghalib Hussain's disability.”

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We must answer 'troubling questions' about sex-grooming gangs who target white girls

We must answer 'troubling questions' about sex-grooming gangs who target white girls | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

There is nothing to be gained by 'shying away' from the issue, Tim Loughton said.

Comments come a week after nine men were jailed for grooming and sexually abusing girls in Rochdale
Councils urged to take immediate action to stop children being abused while in their care

Britain needs an open debate about 'issues around culture' that may explain why men from Pakistani backgrounds are over-represented among offenders prosecuted for grooming white girls for sex, a Government minister has said.

Children's Minister Tim Loughton was speaking a week after nine members of a grooming network in Rochdale were jailed for offences against vulnerable girls aged between 12 and 16.

The men, all but one of whom are of Pakistani heritage, lured their victims off the streets with free food and alcohol before sexually abusing them over a two-year period in flats and houses across northern England.

The trial was the latest in a series of court cases in which men from the Pakistani community have been prosecuted for sex offences against teenagers.

Mr Loughton told a conference on child sexual exploitation, reported by The Times, that the Rochdale case raised 'troubling questions' about the attitude of the men towards white girls.


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EUROPE: 12 Afghan MUSLIM refugees rape of 29-year-old white mother of two

EUROPE: 12 Afghan MUSLIM refugees rape of 29-year-old white mother of two | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

SWEDEN: Horrific gang rape of 29-year-old white mother of two by Muslim asylum seekers in Swedish refugee camp.


Seven-hour non-stop gang rape by 12 Afghan MUSLIM refugees was the ‘most gruesome rape marathon in Sweden’s history,’ say prosecutors. The rape was oral, anal, and vaginal, with up to three rapists in her at the same time. Only 7 of the 12 rapists were convicted.


The other Muslim onlookers were clapping and cheering and calling the woman a “whore” and a “slut,” how Muslim men describe unveiled women. The victim is now confined to a wheelchair, suffering severe mental distress.


The Swedish media concealed the ethnicity of the perpetrators and quickly removed the story. Swedish socialists say it would be “racist” to deport the rapists. No wonder, Sweden is now considered the rape capital of the world.


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Wales: Muslim Teacher Suspended for Links to Extremist Group

Wales: Muslim Teacher Suspended for Links to Extremist Group | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
A special needs teacher at a primary school has been suspended over links to an Islamic extremist group.
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Nine white men are found guilty of grooming young Asian girls

Nine white men are found guilty of grooming young Asian girls | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Nine white men are found guilty of grooming young Asian girls, aged between 13 and 15, whom they picked up on the streets of London. The girls were lured with free fish and chips before being raped or pimped as prostitutes. One Asian girl from a children’s home was used for sex by 20 white men in one night. Police insist the crimes were not “racially motivated”.


Imagine if that story were true. Would you really believe that race was not a factor in those hateful crimes? Do you think that, despite conclusive DNA evidence from a girl raped by two men, the police would have hesitated to press charges because the suspects were white and it could make things a bit sensitive in the white community? Would the Crown Prosecution Service have refused to prosecute, allowing the child-sex ring to flourish for three more anguished years?
OK, now let’s try switching the ethnic identities round. Change the fish and chips to kebabs, London to Rochdale, white to Asian and vice versa and you have the case that ended yesterday at Liverpool Crown Court. Nine British Muslim men were jailed for a total of 77 years for rape and trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation. The whole case made for disturbing reading, but somehow it was the tiny, paralysing details that made it real. Like the fact that one of the convicted men, father-of-five Abdul Rauf, was a religious studies teacher at a local mosque. Rauf asked his 15-year-old victim if she had any younger friends, and drove some of the girls to meet other men, who had sex with them despite knowing they were under-age.
You will already have noticed a lot of embarrassed evasiveness about this disgusting case, particularly on the BBC. Turning a blind eye to appalling, illegal practices because “it’s their culture” is what has brought our country to this obscene pass. I have watched it unfolding since I did my teaching practice in 1982 in Southall, west London. I remember being encouraged to “teach the children their own culture” even as I found myself wondering why British Muslim girls couldn’t be taught the enlightened beliefs of the egalitarian land in which they lived.
When it comes to women’s rights, not all cultures are created equal, particularly those whose attitudes are frozen some time in the mid‑14th century. But we weren’t allowed to say that. Actually, we weren’t even allowed to think that. If you inhaled enough toleration of the intolerable, then you were well on your way to the opium of political correctness.

All those years ago in the classroom, it was clear to me how dangerous it would be if we didn’t insist that newcomers signed up to our social norms. What was going to happen if we were nervous of offending them, not the other way around? This week, over Liverpool, the sky was dark not with rain clouds but with chickens coming home to roost.
Rochdale girls who were living in what is imaginatively known as “care” were recruited into sexual factory farming by Muslim men described as “pure evil” by detectives. The 59-year-old ringleader was banned from court for calling the judge a “racist bastard”. His barrister explained that his client “had objected from the start to being tried by an all-white jury. He believes his convictions have nothing to do with justice but result from the faith and race of the defendants.” In other words, a racist who treats poor white girls as sub-human seriously believes it is he who is the victim of racism, when he is called to account for organising the gang-rape of under-age females. To be fair, it takes 40 years of well-intentioned multiculturalism to achieve that kind of moral mess.
The layers of denial run so deep that it’s important to try to be clear where we can. First, it is an insult to Hindus, Sikhs and decent, integrated Muslims to classify those brutes under the catch-all title of “Asian males”. All but one are Pakistani Muslims who come from a patriarchal peasant culture that obviously regards young white British girls as easy meat. Those children were considered fair game for degrading sexual acts on an almost industrial scale. The men took a calculated gamble that no one gave a damn about the girls. And you know the worst thing? They were right.
The number of adolescents “passed around” like a congenial hookah pipe by the gang is believed to be more than 50. There were 631 documented cases of abuse over a five-year period, and many will have been too afraid to tell their story. Some may not even be alive to tell it. We will never know the full extent of their pain.
Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England, who at least had the guts to bring the case to court after social workers and the police turned away for fear of being seen as racist, admitted that “imported cultural baggage” played a role in the crimes. That’s the same baggage that brought quaint customs like forced marriages, honour killing and female genital mutilation to these isles.
Crucially, Mr Afzal says that what defined the convicted men was their attitude to the opposite sex. “They think that women are some lesser beings. The availability of vulnerable young white girls is what has drawn men to them… These girls were on the streets at midnight. It made them easy prey for evil men.”
So the case turns out to be a tale of two cultures. On the one hand, we have white girls, raised in a godless, under-parented, over-sexualised society, who have little respect for themselves or their bodies and – even worse – no adults taking responsibility. On the other, we have a different kind of “respect”, the warped creed of a sub-section of unreconstructed, brutally over-parenting men. Their own daughters and young female relatives must not be violated or they will lose their market value, so why not take out your sexual frustration on the despised native slappers instead? It’s as simple as that.
It’s not just the Pakistani men who considered their prey to be beneath contempt. “I think the attitude of the local authorities for many years was that these chaotic girls were not held in very high regard,” explains Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale, choosing his words carefully. “I don’t know if it’s political correctness, but the attitude was, 'These are the life choices the girls are making’.”
Life choices? Dear God, they were raped for years. One girl left a letter for the staff at her children’s home saying she was being abused. It was ignored. So the poor kid wrote another. It was only when a teacher spotted that one pupil was pregnant and a suspicious number of Asian-looking men were picking her up at the school gate that the alarm was raised.
I spoke to Mr Danczuk yesterday, and he strenuously disputes claims that this is a one-off case, or even a recent phenomenon. The grooming of white girls by a small sub-section of the Pakistani community was being discussed in Blackburn council 15 years ago. Recently, the MP was outraged when male relatives of the accused in a similar child-sex case came to his constituency surgery to ask for support. “They spoke about white women in an exceptionally derogatory way. I nearly threw them out.”
While the majority of Asian men in Rochdale are “extremely respectful towards women”, Simon Danczuk laughs at the view of Keith Vaz that “this was not a race issue”. One can only marvel at the skill of the optician who continues to supply Mr Vaz, the chairman of the Commons’ home affairs committee, with spectacles of ever-rosier hue.
Mr Vaz warned yesterday that blaming a particular race or religion for grooming young girls for sex “risks opening up a Pandora’s box over race relations”. If he would only take off his goggles for a minute he might spot the National Front supporters strutting their rancid stuff outside the Liverpool courtroom. The intimidation of two Asian barristers to the point where, shockingly, they withdrew from the case suggests that the contents of Pandora’s box are swarming all over the place.
What a relief to hear Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a moderate Muslim youth group, accusing Pakistani community elders of “burying their heads in the sand” over this poisonous problem. He welcomes police intervention and insists that race is “central to the actions” of the criminals. “They think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought; it is this sort of behaviour that is bringing shame on our community.”
By now, even the most trusting and generous-minded liberals must have woken up to the fact that our fear of being tarred as racist has allowed ugly practices and outmoded attitudes to flourish, hidden away behind a nervous respect for “difference”. Stymied by political correctness, social workers, carers, police, lawyers and council staff all failed to protect those young Rochdale girls.
They were victims twice over. First, of the despicable men who traded and abused them, and second, of our well-meaning, foolish and deadly desire to avoid the issue of race at any cost.


They deserved better. 

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