Leaders of Sikh and Hindu communities in the UK have warned lessons "must be learnt" from previous child exploitation scandals and called for attacks by Muslim men on young women from other faiths to be branded hate crimes in an explosive intervention on the current debate surrounding refugee sex crimes.
They expressed their concern over the "mass, planned rape and sexual assault" by as many as 1,000 men of "Arab and North African origin" in Cologne on New Year's Eve, likening the incident to the Rotherham abuse scandal in the UK.
In a joint statement the Network of Sikh Organisations, The Hindu Council, The Sikh Awareness Society and The Sikh Media Monitoring Group also called for the Government to recognise “the targeting of non-Muslim women” as a “hate crime”.
They said: “Recent disturbing news from Cologne where a mass, planned, rape and sexual assault on New Year's Eve by a mob of at least 1000 'Arab / North African - looking' males on local women is just the latest in a series of reported cases of the targeting of women by small elements within the Muslim community.”
German police were accused of covering up of the crimes committed largely by refugees on New Year’s Eve - including robbery, sexual assault and rape.
More than 500 cases of violence against women have been reported in Cologne alone, with similar incidents recorded across Germany as well as other European countries.
The Sikh and Hindi faith groups likened the cover-up of the widespread attacks against women in Germany to the Rotherham abuse scandal, where at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited by gangs of men predominately of Pakistani origin between 1997 and 2013.
The faith groups said: “Lessons can be learnt from Britain, where we saw a cowardly reaction from the political elite following several high profile sexual grooming cases of gangs of mainly young, Pakistani males involved in the rape, abuse and trafficking of young white girls in various cities up and down the country.
“These gangs have also targeted Sikh and Hindu girls.”
A damning report into the widespread sexual grooming in the South Yorkshire town accused Rotherham council of deliberately trying to cover up the scandal and silence whistleblowers.
The statement from Sikh and Hindu groups said: “There seems to be a pattern emerging where young non-Muslim girls and women in the UK are being targeted by gangs from small elements within the Muslim community - whose attitudes towards their victims seem to show no remorse or guilt.” [...]
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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