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Lord Singh speaks out against grooming gang roots cover-up

Letter from Network of Sikh Organisations slams Labour Party for  “the betrayal of victims, who are being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness”.


Lord Singh of Wimbledon commended those “speaking up on a clear trend” of “the conviction of men of largely Pakistani Muslim heritage in sexual grooming cases” in a letter published in today’s Times.

The letter, which came via the Network of Sikh Organisations and was cosigned by six other religious groups, commended Sarah Champion and Amina Lone for highlighting the role of Pakistani Muslim men in cases of sexual grooming gangs, whilst also condemning the Labour Party, who sacked the two former members for speaking out.

Sikh organisations and individuals have openly claimed Sikh girls have been targeted because of their faith for decades, something addressed in the letter, with Lord Singh declaring “For decades, Hindu, Sikh, and Christian organisations have raised concerns about grooming gangs. The latter have plagued our communities, so much so that a BBC documentary on the targeting of Sikhs was aired a few years ago”. This is an issue that organisations like Sikh Youth UKSikh Helpline and Sikh Awareness Society (who cosigned the letter) still tackle to this day.

In the letter crossbench peer Lord Singh goes on to call Labour leadership “weak”, declaring “It’s not racist or Islamophobic to raise a matter of significant public concern” and that “we cannot ignore the race of the perpetrators, but neither can we ignore the fact that victims of sexual grooming gangs are almost always non-Muslim”.

The statement was welcomed by many within the Sikh community, much of whom feel tackling sexual grooming gangs is one of the most important issues of the public in the UK.

For more information or quotes from Sikh organisations named in this article, email Media@SikhPA.com.

Letter in full

Sir, 

We commend Sarah Champion and the Muslim councillor Amina Lone for speaking up on a clear trend in criminality: the conviction of men of largely Pakistani Muslim heritage in sexual grooming cases. Despite being sacked from the shadow cabinet, Champion continues to make a courageous stand (‘Left turns a blind eye to sex crimes, says MP’, Sep 2, ands ‘I’d rather be called a racist than turn a blind eye to child abuse’, Saturday interview). Rochdale, Rotherham, and recently Newcastle are examples of a significant number of convictions, highlighting an obvious pattern. However, it’s not just white girls who fall victim. For decades, Hindu, Sikh, and Christian organisations have raised concerns about grooming gangs. The latter have plagued our communities, so much so that a BBC documentary on the targeting of Sikhs was aired a few years ago. The common denominator is that victims almost always tend to be non-Muslim girls. We are dismayed by the Labour leadership’s weak response. We are not willing to see the betrayal of victims, who are being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. It’s not racist or Islamophobic to raise a matter of significant public concern. Smearing those speaking an inconvenient truth is unacceptable. Champion is undoubtedly right that we cannot ignore the race of the perpetrators, but neither can we ignore the fact that victims of sexual grooming gangs are almost always non-Muslim.

LORD SINGH OF WIMBLEDON, Network of Sikh Organisations; MOHAN SINGH, Sikh Awareness Society; WILSON CHOWDHRY, British Pakistani Christian Association; SATISH SHARMA, National Council of Hindu Temples; ANIL BHANOT, Hindu Council UK; TRUPTI PATEL, Hindu Forum of Britain; ASHISH JOSHI, Sikh Media Monitoring Group.

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