Group hits back after grooming controversy

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A group is leading calls to examine the way the media and Asian organisations have reacted to the grooming controversy surrounding the sentencing of nine men from Rochdale.

They have urged the courts to take more severe action against the perpetrators of these types of crimes.

One Voice is based in Lancashire.

They have been approached by sections of the media and local community groups to publicly condemn the acts.

“I don't know a single person who defends this,” says Asif Mahmud of One Voice. “The courts have rightly condemned the criminals.

"We believe harsher sentences should have been issued and the victims should be compensated by the guilty. Of course actions will need to be taken to eradicate these sexual crimes from society but to do this we must focus on the crime not on the beliefs and ethnicity of the criminals” The group has criticised the responses made by Baroness Warsi and Lancashire Council Mosques.

“We also need to educate the groups like Lancashire Council of Mosques not to serve the media stereotypes at every opportunity.

"It would be interesting to know how many individual members LCM consulted when agreeing to release their statement.”

Baroness Warsi told the Evening Standard newspaper earlier this month. “A small number of men of Pakistani heritage believe white girls are fair game for sexual abuse”.

And Lancashire Councils of Mosques response was deeply confusing as they mentioned this was “a bit like terrorism”.

“This public pressure to conform leads to those seeking to 'toe the line', or politically naive elements seeking public approval, to do exactly this,” continued Asif.

“The unfortunate consequence being that the focus remains on race and religion, rather than the wider aspects of a broken society, youngsters who have been failed by those entrusted to care for them.

“Mainstream politicians and organisations are reluctantly filling the space the EDL or BNP are threatening to take up. This then leads to the far right extremists setting or dictating the agenda.”

One Voice is in the process of creating a working group with the aim of bringing all the relevant agencies and charities together to tackle this threat of grooming in the region. “We all recognise that it is our duty to protect all vulnerable people and in particular children in our society.

"Whether they are white or Pakistani heritage should not make a difference. We urge people to stop commenting on the side lines and get involved with this initiative and keep our region free of these crimes,” added Asif.

A spokesperson from Raza Masjid, in Randal Street Blackburn, which is the largest Pakistani mosque in the town confirmed they were not contacted by the LCM.

“We are deeply disappointed with the remarks by the LCM and the implication that religion is an issue when it comes to grooming crimes. They did not consult us before making the comments. Had they have contacted us we would have put them straight.”

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1:04pm Fri 1 Jun 12

Lancashires Pride says...

abdullah wrote:
Educate the Pakistani community which seems to thrive on grooming young vulnerable girls,it's no use blaming other agencies for the deficiencies so inherent within the Pakistani community.Bury you're heads in the sand hoping the problems will go away instead of facing them head on.
This is exactly the perception created and promoted. Labels are used such as Pakistanis, Indians, Asians and Muslims. When there should only be one label used 'criminals'. Abdullah you seem to be as confused as the lancashire council of mosques.
[quote][p][bold]abdullah[/bold] wrote: Educate the Pakistani community which seems to thrive on grooming young vulnerable girls,it's no use blaming other agencies for the deficiencies so inherent within the Pakistani community.Bury you're heads in the sand hoping the problems will go away instead of facing them head on.[/p][/quote]This is exactly the perception created and promoted. Labels are used such as Pakistanis, Indians, Asians and Muslims. When there should only be one label used 'criminals'. Abdullah you seem to be as confused as the lancashire council of mosques. Lancashires Pride
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3:26pm Fri 1 Jun 12

abdullah says...

The only label that's sticking at the moment is the one about Pakistani deviants who seem to be grooming young vulnerable girls up and down the country.When it comes to owning up to problems within the Pakistani community their seems to be a huge reluctance.Lancashir
e council of mosques,Baroness Warsi,Hindu and Sikh groups have all come out condemning the behaviour of this Pakistani grooming disease.Isnt it time to stop coming out with this farcical "labelling" argument and start to address what is a deep Pakistani problem engulfing their community.
The only label that's sticking at the moment is the one about Pakistani deviants who seem to be grooming young vulnerable girls up and down the country.When it comes to owning up to problems within the Pakistani community their seems to be a huge reluctance.Lancashir e council of mosques,Baroness Warsi,Hindu and Sikh groups have all come out condemning the behaviour of this Pakistani grooming disease.Isnt it time to stop coming out with this farcical "labelling" argument and start to address what is a deep Pakistani problem engulfing their community. abdullah
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6:51am Mon 4 Jun 12

haji786 says...

I am a male Pakistani born in the UK. I was married to a girl in Rochdale whose whole family including her father was at it, it wasnt so obvious at the beginning but over a year whilst i visited them her brother would get young white girls to sell drugs for him, the father would use them aswell. This led to some bad feeling with my wife so i divorced her as she knew all along what they were doing and covered up for them. They were so deceptive in the way they went about covering things up i felt sickened, but they alway protected there own daughters.
There are quite a few still around its clear to see in Lancashire and if anyone denies it they are blind or stupid. It is very very clear that it is mostly men of Pakistani origin. These sad lowlifes all drink and take drugs or sell drugs and enforce this on young girls who then feel they need to go back to them. They have no respect for anyone a good majority of them are married with children. What also concerns me these young girls hangining around late at night the parents must also take some responsibility, that is not blaming them they are children but its a fact that if they are at home these animals cannot prey on them, i do understand it is very difficult to keep teenager in but the price of the lasting effect of abuse is more. MY SOLUTION i honestly dont have one but yes sentences should be dramaticly increased, named and shamed, the mosque should educate the youngsters as they usally listen to the mosques.
I am a male Pakistani born in the UK. I was married to a girl in Rochdale whose whole family including her father was at it, it wasnt so obvious at the beginning but over a year whilst i visited them her brother would get young white girls to sell drugs for him, the father would use them aswell. This led to some bad feeling with my wife so i divorced her as she knew all along what they were doing and covered up for them. They were so deceptive in the way they went about covering things up i felt sickened, but they alway protected there own daughters. There are quite a few still around its clear to see in Lancashire and if anyone denies it they are blind or stupid. It is very very clear that it is mostly men of Pakistani origin. These sad lowlifes all drink and take drugs or sell drugs and enforce this on young girls who then feel they need to go back to them. They have no respect for anyone a good majority of them are married with children. What also concerns me these young girls hangining around late at night the parents must also take some responsibility, that is not blaming them they are children but its a fact that if they are at home these animals cannot prey on them, i do understand it is very difficult to keep teenager in but the price of the lasting effect of abuse is more. MY SOLUTION i honestly dont have one but yes sentences should be dramaticly increased, named and shamed, the mosque should educate the youngsters as they usally listen to the mosques. haji786
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6:57am Mon 4 Jun 12

haji786 says...

Sorry missed a bit I wish One Voice all the best, if this brings out the scale of the issue it will be a good thing finding a solution will be very difficult.
Sorry missed a bit I wish One Voice all the best, if this brings out the scale of the issue it will be a good thing finding a solution will be very difficult. haji786
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