The Times of India, Jan 10 2010
AMRITSAR: A day after UKs' former home secretary Jack Straw blamed some Pakistani Muslim men for targeting "vulnerable" White girls sexually, UK's Hindu and Sikh organizations also publicly accused Muslim groups of the same offence.
Straw, in an interview to
the BBC recently, had said, "...there is a specific problem which
involves Pakistani heritage men...who target vulnerable young white
girls...they see these young women, white girls who are vulnerable, some
of them in care ... who they think are easy meat."
Feeling emboldened by Straw's statement, UK's Hindu and Sikh organizations have also come in open and accused some Pakistani men
of specifically targeting Hindu and Sikh girls. "This has been a
serious concern for the last decade," said Hardeep Singh of Network of
Sikh Organizations (NSO) while talking to TOI on Monday.
and Hindus are annoyed that Straw had shown concern for White girls and
not the Hindu and the Sikh teenage girls who have been coaxed by some
Pakistani men for sex and religious conversion.
other communities a disservice by suggesting that only white girls were
targets of this predatory behaviour. We raised the issue of our girls
with the previous government and the police on several occasions over
the last decade. This phenomenon has been there because a minority of
Islamic extremists view all 'non believers' as legitimate targets," said
director NSO Inderjit Singh.
Targeted sexual offences and
forced conversions of Hindu and Sikh girls was not a new phenomenon in
the UK, said Ashish Joshio from Media Monitoring group.
has been going on for decades in the UK . Young Muslim men have been
boasting about seducing the Kaffir (unbeliever) women. The Hindu and the
Sikh communities must be commended for showing both restraint and
maturity under such provocation," he added.
Hardeep said that
in 2007, The Hindu Forum of Britain claimed that hundreds of Hindu and
Sikh girls had been first romantically coaxed and later intimidated and
converted by Muslim men.
Inderjit said," We are heartened by the swift condemnation of this behaviour by the Prime Minister David Cameron
and his government. However, we urge the government to be firm in
dealing with this criminal behaviour to protect the vulnerable girls,
and, importantly protect the good name of the majority law abiding
members of the Muslim community."