‘We need a public statutory inquiry into institutional misogyny’

February 13, 2020

SPEAK OUT: “Imagine this, 27 cities and counting because I guarantee we haven’t heard the end of this yet. If you are not going to get angry about this, what are you going to get angry about? People have cared for their reputations over the safety of children in this country being raped, drugged and passed around like meat.” – LBC presenter and founder the Quilliam Foundation Maajid Nawaz.

 

 

 

A PROMINENT voice in the UK’s Muslim community and former extremist has called for a public inquiry into the ‘Grooming Gang’ scandal that has gripped the country for the past 30 years.

LBC presenter, former Islamic extremist and founder of the Quilliam Foundation Maajid Nawaz decided a statement on his radio programme about the lack of justice given to the girls and young women who had been sexually groomed across the UK by Muslim men of Pakistani heritage and the lack of will to seek prosecution because of perceived concerns about being called “racist”.

‘There must be inquiry into this like Stephen Lawrence’

When recalling the McPherson report in the killing of Stephen Lawrence in the 1990s, Nawaz suffered racism himself and was defended by friends at the time but with respect to what the Lawrence family had suffered, the scale of this scandal was huge and now was not the time to duck difficult decisions.

He said: “I am going to say to you right now, that was the murder of one man. His mother (Doreen Lawrence) now sits in the House of Lords.

“This scandal engulfing 27 cities involving probably thousands of underage young girls. It must now lead to a Stephen Lawrence-style national inquiry looking at what the Institutional failures have been.

“Just as it was recognised there was racism up and down the institutions of this country, the police was recognized institutionally racist. Here the majority of these girls were in care homes.

‘Fear of racism is not an excuse to turn a blind eye’

“There have been institutionally failures in the care homes, police and predominantly Labour-run councils up and down this country.

“This grooming gang scandal must be investigated on a national level in the same way because this is institutional misogyny and if there is a word for child-hatred, that is what this is.

“The fear of racism or so-called Islamophobia which is a misnomer (or the fear of anti-Islamic bigotry) must never be an excuse to allow undergirls to be raped and abused in this way.”

Mr Nawaz says that the majority of the perpetrators are Muslim men, and the uncomfortable truth for their communities is that they felt they would act in such a way without impunity and acting in a way that the Islamic faith does not sanction.

‘The religious attitude of these men is major factor’

“I guarantee you that is not the cause but a factor in the way in which these girls were treated, part of that was the culture of these men and their religious attitude towards non-Muslims and this is why you see they are exclusively men like me – Pakistani, British Muslim – most of them although some are Bangladeshis, Indians, North Africans and Somalis and the victims are almost all under-age white girls.

“Who will lead the voiceless in this national scandal? Who will lead a national inquiry into how this was tolerated for so long?

“First, get through the phase of being able to talk about it, then you get the justice when you convict the perpetrators, then you look at who covered up for the perpetrators.

Mr Nawaz says no stone should remain unturned and all those who knew what was going on and when should all be held for their lack of accountability and compensation must be offered to the victims.

‘Officials were worried about their reputations, not the victims’

“Imagine this, 27 cities and counting because I guarantee we haven’t heard the end of this yet. If you are not going to get angry about this, what are you going to get angry about? People have cared for their reputations over the safety of children in this country being raped, drugged and passed around like meat.”

“Where’s the accountability for the police and the Labour-run councils who covered this up? Where is the compensation for the victims because the police deliberately shelved investigations into their statutory rape because they wanted to be politically correct. Ella Hill and all the other victims deserve compensation.

“Where are the clear failures in the communities themselves? Nothing short of this national and statutory inquiry will satisfy the victims and give them dignity and honour back to their lives.”

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