These crimes are not race-based, as Hindu and Sikh girls were victimized along with “white” girls. They were religion-based: preying on non-Muslim girls as sex slaves is in accord with Islamic law. But the British press, like the American press completely unwilling to examine the root causes of this kind of behavior within Islam and to challenge the Muslim community about it, fastidiously and inaccurately terms the perpetrators “Asian” rather than “Muslim.” And now, finally, non-Muslim Asians have had enough of this defamation.
Groups representing Sikh and Hindu communities have complained about the term “Asian” being used to describe the men involved in grooming trials.
Earlier this month, nine men were jailed for being part of a sex ring in Rochdale which groomed girls for sex.
The groups said the men involved were “almost always of Pakistani origin” and the term “Asian” was inaccurate.
The Ramadan Foundation has said grooming is “a significant problem for the British Pakistani community”.
The joint statement was released by the Network of Sikh Organisations UK, The Hindu Forum of Britain, and The Sikh Media Monitoring Group UK.
It says the reluctance of the media and the government to discuss the “disproportionate representation of Muslims in such cases” and the fact victims are “almost always non-Muslim girls” is adding to the cause of far-right groups such as the BNP.
Yes, let’s all agree not to tell the truth so that the wrong people don’t capitalize upon it.
It said blanket use of the word “Asian” was “unfair to other communities of Asian origin”.
“We believe that in this case the government itself is sanctioning the use of term Asian as a way of clouding responsibility,” the groups say.
The groups say sex gangs have targeted Hindu and Sikh girls but the cases are rarely reported as they seldom reach the courts.
The statement says: “We believe that political correctness stifles debate and will not facilitate a frank and mature discussion or solutions to get to the root of why the above pattern is emerging in these crimes and how to help find a solution to the problem.
“We will not be able to do that if we mask the identity of those involved based on misguided views of ‘protecting a vulnerable community’ of the perpetrators and not looking at the vulnerable community of victims.”