ASIAN EXPRESS- Rochdale Grooming Scandal & rising Islamophobia

By Majed Iqbal- Muslims in Rochdale, for the first time, have collectively spoken out against the rise of Islamophobia and discrimination that the town’s Muslims are facing post the Grooming scandal involving Asian men sexually exploiting young girls. In 2012, nine men of Pakistani descent were convicted and sent to prison for grooming underage white girls for sex. Most of the men convicted for this heinous crimes were tax drivers.

Asian Express December Yorkshire Edition 1

Ever since this came to the limelight, taxi drivers have felt the brunt of the backlash, suffering verbal abuse, intimidation, physical man-handling and severe beatings from people who now view all Pakistani taxi drivers in a similar light.

READ FULL ARTICLE in the Yorkshire Edition online – Pages 49-50


  1. iftikhara says:

    There is a strong reason to speak out openly about culture of child sex abuse in Britain. There is no doubt Britain has a serious problem and the rest of the world can see it. If this type of report of serious abuse is coming from some foreign country, I can clearly imagine all those made-in-Britain-faux-outrages expressed in that mawkish, false British superiority manner in the British media. The overriding theme of the comment section will reflect cloying ritual of lauding their culture and ‘its inherently pure virtues’ as if Anglo-Saxon culture is one in which child sex abuse never found a place. The sickening irony is that among the loudest voices in that cloying ritual inevitably, will be some of this same abusers. Childhood trauma if left not addressed, will continue to negatively affect victims into adulthood!

    Sexual abuse happens in everyday homes; abusers aren’t untouchable celebrities, they’re ordinary fathers, step-fathers, uncles. Speaking out is the first step towards freedom. For all the media coverage and laws and actions being made to protect us from teachers, care workers and celebrities we must remember the vast majority of child abuse occurs in the home by family members and it is often difficult to deal with. I am puzzled at how these men live their lives on day to day basis knowing the monstrous acts they commit (ed) . Who are these people and how do they live with themselves? Abusive parents can cast very long, very dark shadows over their children’s lives. Not just men or fathers. Women and mothers too. I speak from personal experience.

    Three West Midlands Police officers abused their position of authority by sexually exploiting underage children in the last two years. The predators in uniform were sacked or resigned after being convicted at court for targeting a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds.
    Just imagine for a second they were Muslim the headlines would have been totally different. If it was Muslim police officers would be totally different headline! They should be named and shamed. This country is sick with perverts….. Paedophile’s come in all shapes sizes and skin colours you know. The fact that they were police is just disgusting. We will probably never find out who they are and the girls will probably be blamed. “They were flirting” or whatever crap they usually come up with. The police all look after themselves. They will do desk duty. A policeman killed someone and he walked so why would this be any different.

    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.

    The belief that most abusers were themselves abused has been disproven. Some people, alas, just have no consideration for the people they hurt. I strongly suggest you try to watch the Louis Theroux documentary “A place for Paedophiles”. It is very revealing about the motivations. It’s also very depressing, as it reveals that most don’t actually really regard their victims as people, more as tools for their own pleasure, no more worthy of consideration than a vibrator. The majority believe – sincerely or by wishful thinking – that their victims are consenting participants in a loving and mutual sexual relationship. Most child sex offenders are not sociopaths, and certainly the majority don’t see their victims merely as mere objects of pleasure. Such stereotypes are unhelpful and counterproductive. One of the problems with the commissions into child abuse that are happening around the world is it gives people the idea that the problem is being dealt with. It isn’t, because the majority still happens in peoples homes.

    These crimes are perpetrated by people who don’t give a damn for other’s lives, who only care about their own sexual pleasure. This is a terrible way to live one’s life as a human being, to live only for self-gratification and not to care about the impact of your actions on others. It is a sick way to live your life, as a human being not integrated with other human beings. This decision to behave with brutal selfishness in life is a mind set which comes from – where? At what point do people give up their morality to live lives of craven bestiality and abuse? Not all abusers have themselves been abused, as others have pointed out.

    All crimes exist not in the vacuum of one person, but within a particular society. Why is there such a problem with paedophilia in today’s world? Abuse of any kind is a horrible thing to got through. You cannot change what actually happened. Revenge or justice might seem like a good idea at the time, but doesn’t really make you feel better. Death of an abuser gives you the chance to put it behind you. It’s not always a consolation, but at least you know it will never happen again.There can be nothing worse than a child being abused by her father, a man who she should be able trust absolutely.

    This issue of is complex. Paedophilia exists within an over-sexualised society, a society which over-sexualises children in fashion, in imagery, in a society where people are supposed to live a life where they focus on fulfilling their own needs, which some take to mean ‘even at the expense of others’, in a society where people are encouraged through debt to to fulfil all their material wants and to want ever more products and, by extension, fulfil all their desires. Some individuals therefore crash through all the moral boundaries regardless of who is effected, whatever life is destroyed, even when that life is a child’s future.

    It may be that it is ***natural*** for men to desire adolescent girls, whose bodies have already changed. In our society we don’t agree that adolescent girls should be sexual or taken advantage of sexually, whereas other cultures believe that is okay. Regardless of arguments over ‘marriageable age’ after a girl has effectively ‘become a woman’, it is a very different story when a man desires and abuses a child. That is true paedophilia and a dreadful crime.

    But – why do men think they have the right to do whatever they want with another person, destroy a life, damage and hurt and traumatise a small child? What is the mental makeup of such a man? How do we ‘group educate’ a sub-section of human beings to develop morally and empathetically to not cause such terrible harm to others? What are the educational changes needed in society? And what is needed to desexualise our societies to some extent? How do we deal with porn on the internet, where sexual obsession and desire can get out of control?

    Answering these questions, research and policy and law – is where resources should be spent. Allowing these dreadful acts to be perpetrated by sick men merely by dint of society tut-tutting after the event and possibly, as you want, executing someone – is hopeless. It’s inert and passive at the point where people’s emotional and mental health and moral core needs to be strengthened and made healthy, so they do not abuse – and it’s hopeless in that another life is destroyed by the sick person behaving as they do – and it’s hopeless in that capital punishment, or locking someone up for life – is a shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted policy. To build a society where people are not irrevocably damaged in such an extreme way, where children can live safe lives and grow up to be healthy, happy adults – is what needs to be focused on. Not sticking someone in an electric chair after dreadful crimes have been committed, after leaving a trail of desperate, lost lives and anguish.

    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.

    Barnardo’s says it is working with more than 1,000 children who have been groomed, abused and trafficked for money, and the problem is growing. This is sickening. It’s no wonder Great Britain is in such a bad shape. Ten years old British girls are having babies out of wedlock. They are not allowed to get married but are allowed to have babies.

    After the Rolf Harris trial ended, I kept wondering why, as a lot of people did, why more of his victims hadn’t spoken out- just to other people, not so much the authorities. Then I realised- well, I have a family member who has been through a terrible ordeal with her father, I know- I never reached out to her because in our family, we Do Not Talk About Things Like That – “Don’t Get Involved” might be our family motto. So I got in contact with her, and she said that no one else ever had, not even her sisters, and that it meant a lot to finally have somebody tell her that they believed her. We’re in contact now, which we weren’t before, and I think it’s being a mutually enriching experience. My point is, stories like this can be a good thing because they start to peel the scab of That Only Happens To Other People away. It doesn’t only happen to other people. It happens all the time, and it’s so, so hard to talk about. Especially as people do tend to make comments like “You should get over it” and “Feeling angry about it is only hurting YOU, you know.” So then you feel guilty because you haven’t been able to be strong and rise above it and get over it, as well as all the issues it caused in the first place.

    Indiscipline, incivility, binge drinking, drug addiction, gun and knife crimes, teenage pregnancies and abortion are part and parcel of British schooling. These are the reasons why majority of Muslim parents would like to send their children to Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. Only less than 5% attend Muslim schools and more than 95% keep on attending state and church schools to be mis-educated and de-educated by non-Muslim monolingual teachers.

    There are hundreds of state and church schools where Muslim children are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be opted out as Muslim Academies. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

    • dickheadstjeod says:

      Of course britain has a huge child sex problem. You have been importing muslims and all sorts of crap for years now. I`m surprised England is still on the map. You are destroying yourself. When violent fanatically religious a-holes knock on your door, you don`t open the door. You pull out the ol`shotgun first and show them whos boss.

  2. dickheadstjeod says:

    The crazy thing about this case, is that guys from frikkin pakistan moves to England and rapes english kids. And then the police spend year after year after year investigating it. And then a few more years in court. And they don`t even put down the sick dogs, no, they give them food and a roof over their heads. This is why racism exists, we have nice places here in the civilized world but then people from pakistan and other toilets come here and ruin everything. If they behaved like human beings, there would be no racism. But they don`t, they behave like wild dogs. So they should be treated like wild dogs.

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