Irresponsible comments on grooming is fuelling Islamophobia

24th Dec 2014

Elham Asaad Buaras

A coalition of Muslim organisations, activists and professionals from Rochdale and the surrounding area come together on November 19 to raise awareness about the rise of Islamophobia following the town’s grooming scandal.

In a press conference which included members of Manchester Muslim Forum, Project Madinah, Rochdale Association of Private Hire Drivers and Rochdale Islamic Society, the coalition said the community is facing “unprecedented and unacceptable” rise in racism and Islamophobia in Rochdale following the conviction and subsequent report into the ‘Rochdale sex trafficking gang’.

In 2012, eight Britons of Pakistani descent and one Afghan were found guilty of exploiting girls, who were all white, in sexual activities in Rochdale and Derby in return for drugs and alcohol. The gang lured girls with gifts, alcohol and drugs before passing them around to have sex ‘with several men a day, several times a week’ in flats, houses, cars, taxis and kebab shops.

Inflammatory comments by politicians and the media on child grooming has led to the rise in Islamophobic attacks such as the one on father-of-five Javad Iqbal, say Rochale’s Muslim community

The group say disproportionate focus on the ethnicity and religion of non-white sex offenders has led to the stigmatisation of the Muslim community and is fuelling Islamophobia.

The Rochdale coalition referred to the double standards apparent in the media coverage of grooming with ethnicity and religion being identified as causal factors in the case of Asian Muslim criminals but not in regard to white offenders such as Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith.

Many Asian drivers say they have been “found guilty by association” and Rochdale Association of Private Hire Drivers (RAPHD) and Rochdale Islamic Society say there have been cases of drivers being harassed by the public.

RAPHD point to an incident on October 26 when a taxi driver was left scarred for life following an unprovoked stabbing. Father-of-five Javad Iqbal needed six stitches after the Islamophobic attack. He was assaulted after dropping off a punter in the town just before 2am. The 48-year old from Deeplish, Rochdale, had to go to hospital and his Toyota Avensis was damaged during the incident. It was the second stabbing of an Asian Muslim taxi driver in the borough in October.

Rochdale Muslim Community Press Conference on Islamophobia

And earlier this year the boss of a minicab company was forced to reverse a policy to offer white drivers on request following a protest by Asian Muslim drivers who complained they were ‘treated like paedophiles’.

In a joint statement the group said it not only held far-right groups but local and national politicians as well the media responsible for normalising Islamophobia and racism in the aftermath of report.

They cited a Parliamentary debate on child sexual exploitation when Conservative MP for Keighley, Kris Hopkins, made reference to “gangs of Muslim men” involved in “raping white kids” and suggested that “sexist behaviour by Muslim men towards women” was to blame.

“Irresponsible comments from senior local and national politicians are aiding the negative portrayal of the Muslim community. Time and time again some politicians and the media have equated issues such as grooming and the Muslim community as one and the same. It is only natural that this type of misinformation has meant that casual Islamophobia towards Muslims has now become an expectable norm,” said the group.

The group pointed to statements by the Crown Prosecution Service’s lead on child sexual abuse, Nazir Afzal, assertion that the ethnicity of the perpetrators varies depending on location.

Afzal, who decided to bring the case to trial, pointed to the fact that “the vast majority of offenders are British white male,” he said, setting the number at somewhere between 80 and 90%. “We have come across cases all over the country and the ethnicity of the perpetrators varies depending on where you are…It is not the abusers’ race that defines them. It is their attitude to women that defines them.”

He also noted the amount of media attention devoted to child sex abuse cases is inconsistent. “A few weeks after the Rochdale case, we dealt with a case of 10 white men in North Yorkshire who had been abusing young girls, and they were all convicted and they got long sentences. It didn’t get the level of coverage,” he said.

Afzal said that gender, not race, was the key issue: “There is no community where women and girls are not vulnerable to sexual attack and that’s a fact.”

Rochadale’s Muslim community also strongly refuted suggestion found in the report, and reiterated by Home Secretary, Theresa May, on September 2, that a culture of ‘political correctness’ had contributed to the authorities’ decision to turn a blind eye to the abuse.

Local businessman and activist Kasim Javed told The Muslim News,“This unsubstantiated conclusion implies that grooming is a hidden problem within the Muslim community than it is in the wider society and is exactly the type of discourse that is reinforcing the stigmatisation we are challenging.”

He added; “Political correctness didn’t stop irresponsible speech by the politicians or media, why would it impede law enforcement? This is a mundane excuse to deflect criticism away from local authorities and throw it back on to the Muslim community as though we are to blame for the inaction of authorities in addressing the social ills of Britain. ‘Political correctness’ hasn’t deterred any hate speech against Muslims up to now.”

One Response to “Irresponsible comments on grooming is fuelling Islamophobia”

Iftikhar AhmadDecember 26, 2014

We live in a time where sexual abuse of children has become a social norm in parts of the country. That will be the case as long as some get away with denying that there are cultural reasons for this. And since we are a multi-cultural society, this does not only apply to the traditional indigenous cultures. There are also reasons in other cultures here why it happens so much here. Just take a calculator and calculate what happened in Rotherham. 95% Pakistani perpetrators when it comes to gangs, 7000 rapists in total, size of the Pakistani community: 9000 people. People pointing the finger at the Pakistani community in Rotherham: 0. I ask: why. Explain to me why it can’t be a cultural problem there, but it sure is when we talk about Seville, Smith and the church of England. Stop protecting the perpetrators, people, regardless their race. You are fuelling racism when doing that, because people are not stupid. Get the minorities to the table when fighting child abuse now. Even they know that they are overrepresented in the statistics:

The official media narrative is street grooming is endemic in northern cities densely populated with Pakistani’s. Truth: 47 out of 53 arrested for street grooming are white. Police should aggressively hunt & target such street grooming paedo’s with no fear of race card being played. 53 arrests, only 11 convictions is a poor conversion rate, do they know how to build a case? Rochdale case suggests not – it was dropped three years ago before being restarted recently. Who bore the brunt of this? The victims. If a blogger like me can access such information on street grooming & report it. Why can’t journalists? Lazy or following owners agenda?

The Press that blamed Islam as inspiring these street grooming sex crimes were – Rupert Murdoch’s Times (Davis Aaronovitch) & Richard Desmond’s Daily Mail (Melanie Phillips). Both owned by Israeli firster Zionists as were the columnists who wrote it. The facts are meaninglessness where agenda is top. Tell a lie, repeat it endlessly, until they believe it as the unassailable & undisputed truth. At 15 ….. With full consent? Now I’m not into blaming the women but…… These girls mothers and fathers should have been protecting them as well as teaching them some self respect to not just go shagging your dance instructor. He was a divvy though he should have realised he could get into trouble. We also have to ask ourselves, wrong or right, how many 15 year old virgins are walking around the place right now? Not many I don’t think.

Whilst you’re at it, start thinking about the ethnicities of Jimmy Seville and other famous TV personalities, and of the multitude of priests, more recently DJ Neil Fox, and God knows how many other white people who are paedophiles and ask the question why the media does not refer to them as ‘white middle class men’, whereas it refers to this scum as ‘Pakistani/Asian men’.

Will the Jimmy Seville case be the tipping point? Has he, in being a revered member of the establishment, brought the child abuse truth into spaces that are more familiar than the ghettos of Britain? It is, paradoxically, his celebrity and our preoccupation with the celebrity culture that has kept this news alive for some two weeks. It would be a tragedy if this horror story didn’t lead to the substantial change of attitude required to make a difference.

Shame on what the present British society has become, shame on you for being cowards in not being able to protect the innocents of society and making the rest of our majority community the scapegoats of your own failures.

And carry on with this persecution because let me tell you frankly we are sick of this racism anyway, and I assure you it is not the scum people like those groomers or the weirdo jihadist’s that will be going anywhere soon, it is people like me with MBA’s and PHD’s that are the ones looking to leaving this country for good and heading somewhere that really does uphold the values of Churchill.

Sexual exploitation and abuse of children in care has been rife for decades, under all parties. Remember the Islington scandal? The real elephant in the room is why are so many children in Britain so vulnerable to abusers in the first place. Why is the focus on the failings of the council rather than those of the parents? It is the responsibility of a child’s mother and father to protect them – it is no accident that children who live with both parents are statistically the least likely to be abused sexually or physically. It is the breakdown of the married family which has left so many British children exposed to people who wish to do them harm. The councils did not bring these children into the world. Every child that was abused had two parents. Where were they and why are they exempt from any blame?

Yes, ideally every child would have loving, capable parents who are able to take care of them. Unfortunately that is not the case. That is simply a fact. So instead of deflecting the blame onto the parents, why don’t we stick to pointing the finger at those who work in the professions who are actually entrusted to and paid to step in when parents are unfit for task? What on earth have they been doing? Twiddling their thumbs, collecting their salaries and hoping nobody would notice gross dereliction of duty? The vast majority of the children in the Rotherham case were NOT in care. In both Rochdale and Rotherham there were instances of fathers trying to get their children away from the rapists, but they, and not the rapists were arrested for hate crimes. The disturbing thing is not that people don’t know this, but that they do but will go to an unbelievable attempt to blame anyone but the perpetrators because of their ethnicity. Do we blame the parents for Seville’s victims, Politician abusers victims, victims of priests?, no, only victims of ‘Asian’ rape gangs

The Home Office were first made aware of what was occurring in Rotherham back in 1998 this is when ‘grooming’ was viewed as ‘child prostitution’ which meant that many children who were being abused, some as young as 12 years old, were being arrested then convicted or cautioned for offences relating to prostitution. Figures for 1995-96 show that 177 children under 17 were convicted of offences relating to prostitution. A further 207 – including a 12-year-old girl – were cautioned.

These Pakistanis have adopted the British values of grooming young children. They are the product of the British schooling with non-Muslim monolingual teachers. I have been doing Jihad in the field of education for the last 40 years so that each and every Muslim child should be in a state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. I would like to see Muslim children developing Cultural, linguistic and spiritual identities so that they could keep themselves away from western barbarity of anti-social behaviour, binge drinking, drug addiction, teen age pregnancies and abortion and lot of other evils but people like you do not want to see Muslim children in Muslim schools in the name of integration. Now you have seen the result in the form of sexual grooming of young children which is a common occurrence in your culture.


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