Sikh Awareness Society Protect & Serve Mon, 29 May 2017 17:19:21 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 43957988 Trial for sex ring accused from Peterborough Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:07:24 +0000 Three men who were allegedly part of a child sex ring will stand trial accused of forcing young girls into prostitution.

Mohammed Khubaib, (43), Qadir Ahmed, (27), and Manase Motaung, (31), are accused of raping and molesting the girls between 2007 and 2013.

The court heard 23 alleged victims, all who were aged between 13 and 17, are due to claim they were raped, sexually abused and forced into prostitution by the men.

The three men all appeared at The Old Bailey in London on Friday (5 December), where they faced a total of 17 counts child trafficking, forced prostitution, rape, and sexual activity with a child.

All the men pleaded not guilty to all the charges they face, and Judge Peter Rook QC set a trial date for 16 February 2015.

Khubaib, a restaurateur and lettings agent from Norfolk Street, Peterborough, faces 11 trafficking allegations between 2011 and 2013.

He also faces claims he raped a teenage girl in August 2007 and paid for sex with another child.

Motaung, of Gladstone Street, Peterborough is accused of trafficking seven girls around the UK for sexual exploitation, as well as a claim he raped a teenage girl on 18 October, 2012.

Ahmed, of Cromwell Road, Peterborough the youngest of the three, is accused of forcing a girl into sexual activity in August 2008, controlling a child for prostitution between April 2011 and April 2013, and having sex with another teenage girl on 27 February, 2012.

The case will be heard again on February 6 for pre-trial discussions.

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Petition against the terminology ‘Asians’ to describe those convicted of sexual grooming Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:27:03 +0000

Earlier this month (Dec 2013) on BBC Radio 4’s World at One, Simon Danczuk MP for Rochdale said there was “no doubt” ethnicity was a factor in grooming cases. He said “We still need a breakthrough, I think, in terms of the Asian community” Simon Danczuk’s use of the term ‘Asian’ in this context is grossly insulting to the Hindu and Sikh communities.

Those convicted in Simon Danczuk constituency for grooming of white British girls in May 2012, included 8 men of Pakistani origin and one from Afghanistan. Judge Gerald Clifton who sentenced the men said they treated the girls as though they were worthless and beyond respect” he added “One of the factors leading to that was the fact that they were not part of your community or religion”

The men were of predominantly Pakistani Muslim origin.

As in Simon Danczuk’s example, by masking the identity of perpetrators by using vague terminology ‘Asian’, we are unable to have a mature discussion or get to the root cause of an emerging pattern of criminality. This is important because…..

· Use of the word ‘Asian’ is unfair to Sikhs, Hindus and other communities who are of Asian origin and have not been involved in the emerging pattern of convictions for sexual grooming.

· 1.1 The reported convictions of men for sexual grooming of white British girls, almost always involve men of Pakistani origin.

· 1.2 There is reluctance by both government and media to discuss the disproportionate representation of Muslims in such cases.

· 1.3 Victims are almost always non-Muslim girls

· 1.4 The Hindu and Sikh communities have been complaining about targeting of their girls by Muslim men for decades

· 1.5 In August 2013, Muslim men were amongst those convicted for the sex grooming of a Sikh girl in Leicester.

· 1.6 Communities who themselves fall victim of this emerging pattern of criminality, should not be besmirched by the vague terminology ‘Asian’.

· 1.7 In order to help find a solution to the problem, we need to be clear on the identity of those involved. We will not be able to do this if we mask the identity based on misguided views of protecting a vulnerable community of perpetrators and not looking at the vulnerable community of victims.

· 1.8 Political correctness by some of our elected representatives is stifling an important debate.

· 1.9 We believe that in this case the government itself is sanctioning the use of term Asian as a way of clouding responsibility.

The Network of Sikh Organisations –

Sikh Media Monitoring Group

Hindu Council UK –

Sikh Awareness Society

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Conduct a Community Assessment Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:00:20 +0000 A community assessment can give you a clear picture of what’s going on in your community. It can help members of your
community agree on why it’s important to focus on youth and how to best address problems.
A well-documented assessment also can be used to persuade elected officials, funders, and other key groups to support your

A comprehensive community assessment will help you identify:

• The problems you would like to address in your community;
• Where those problems occur;
• Which youth and families are most affected by those problems; and
• What resources and strengths your community has to address those problems.

A community assessment also will provide a snapshot of current conditions from which you can later measure the success of
your efforts. It will help you gain support and credibility for your efforts

How Do You Conduct a Community Assessment?

While the idea of conducting a community assessment may seem like a lot of work, it actually follows a straightforward process. This guide will walk you through that process and provide you with tools to make things a bit easier. Remember, this is not something you should do alone. Building a community partnership comes first. Bring together people who have an interest in youth, will provide ongoing leadership, and will be champions for this effort. These people may include your faith and community leaders, local business owners, media and, most importantly, families and youth themselves.

Take advantage of existing community resources and bring together people with different views, experiences, and skills Also, be aware that people are most successful in changing their lives only when they are truly ready to change. The same is true for communities. As you build your partnership and conduct an assessment, keep an eye on the feedback you receive. There are many factors to determine readiness, such as the community’s support, the scope and size of the problem, and the resources you have to draw on. As a result of your assessment, you may find that your community is ready to move ahead, or you may identify areas to work on before you can launch your initiative for youth.

  • Step 1: Establish the What, Where, and Who
  • Step 2: Learn More About the What, Where, and Who
  • Step 3: Identify Resources in Your Community
  • Step 4: Analyse and Learn From the Data You’ve Collected
  • Step 5: Develop a Plan of Action
  • Step 6: Share What You’ve Learned

Step 1: Establish the What, Where, and Who

Which indicators are of most concern to your partnership?
Where would you like to concentrate your efforts?
Who? Is there a specific population you would like to focus on?

Step 2: Learn More About the What, Where, and Who

After you have established specific goals for your work, you’ll need to gather as much information on the issue or population you’re addressing as you can.

Step 3: Identify Resources in Your Community

  • The services and programs that exist in your community (faith-based services, voluntary organisations/programs, etc.);
  • The financial resources your community has
  • The material resources your community has (e.g., technological resources, equipment, space and supplies);
  • The human resources your community has (e.g., staff, volunteers); and
  • The training and technical assistance that is needed and available and how to access these resources.

Step 4: Analyse and Learn From the Data You’ve Collected

  • What youth/community problems can be identified based on the data?
  • What are the strengths of the community in addressing these problems?
  • What geographic areas are most affected by these problems?
  • How did the data compare with your initial perception of the problems?
  • How did the data change your understanding of these problems?
  • What are the underlying factors that contribute to these problems (what risk factors are most prominent)?
  • What are the underlying factors that can help solve these problems (what protective factors are most available to help)?
  • What additional data do you need to better understand the scope of these problems?

Step 5. Develop a Plan of Action

After you have analysed the data, develop a plan of action based on what you learned. This plan should identify the issues you want to address, the strategies you will use to tackle those problems, the coalition partners who can help in implementing the chosen strategies, and the outcomes you intend to achieve. Here are some questions to help guide your plan of action:

  • What target population do you want to serve and help?
  • Which indicators are you trying to change?
  • Which organisations and programs are already in place serving that need or population?
  • How will your new programs fit with what is already there?
  • What do you need to implement those programs (e.g., funding, training, and technical assistance)?
  • Who can provide that support?
  • How can you determine the success of your plan?

Step 6: Share What You’ve Learned

Planning, implementing, and sustaining a new community initiative requires the participation and support of the whole community. You have the best chance of success if you share what you’ve learned through your assessment with the greater community.

Create a report of your assessment’s findings and recommendations and share it with the community by holding community forums, or advising community leaders. Invite participation, input, or feedback, as appropriate.

Here is one possible outline for your community assessment report:

  • Introduction: State why you performed an assessment. Tell what you set out to do and how you went about doing it. Summarize the information that you have to share.
  • Key Findings: Present the major findings from your assessment and the central problems that emerged. Additional Factors: Present the associated risks that were identified. Speak about the community perceptions that will need to be considered in addressing these problems.
  • Strengths and Resources: Map out the resources that are available in the community to address these issues. Action Plan: Lay out your plan of action. The plan should include, as specifically and comprehensively as possible, the strategies you will implement to address the needs you uncovered.
  • Measures of Success: Propose the ways you will determine the success of the implementation of your plan. Challenges: Identify the challenges to be addressed in order for this effort to be a success. Conclusions: Present your conclusions, and invite your audience to get involved.

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Blackmail Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:38:44 +0000 Blackmail is a form of robbery that usually involves the use of threats to • a person’s reputation and an effort to extort
money or sexual favors

  • a person’s reputation and an effort to extort money or sexual favours
  • Reputations are very important in a society you cannot move on with a destroyed reputation.
  • There is a saying destroy a man’s house, he can rebuild it, but if you destroy a reputation, you can’t rebuild it.
  • Sexual blackmail occurs when a person attempts to profit from the threat to sell sexual secrets, criminal or illicit,
  • accuser often uses the threat to extract hush money or sexual favours from the victim and, in some cases, this launches a cycle of extortion and sexual exploitation

How To Deal With Blackmail?

  • Whatever you do, don’t take the situation into your own hands. Harming others or yourself is never the answer, and never will be. Be aware that the job of punishing and stopping crimes is what police are for. Stay calm and don’t make any rash decisions. You aren’t alone, and you can get out of this.
  • Talk to someone. Tell a friend who you are CERTAIN you can trust, an understanding family member, or a smart and calm teacher.
  • Once you have cleared your head, think about what you’re going to do. The person you talked to might have already suggested some things you should do. Take them into account.
  • Make a plan. Make sure that the plan can’t go wrong. If it does happen to go wrong, it won’t be anything that you will regret.
  • Don’t panic and think, “I don’t have anyone, I’ll never get out of this!” Even if you live hundreds of miles away from family and friends, there are lifelines and counselors who are specially trained to help. If you have nobody, pick up the phone and call a hotline, or schedule an appointment with a counselor. Face to face contact is probably the best. Tell this person everything-starting from who the person is, how it started, and why they are  blackmailing you.


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Parenting – Risk Factors Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:26:37 +0000 Risk factors and protective factors

As they grow up, youth are exposed to a number of factors which may either increase their risk for, or protect them from, problems such as abusing drugs or engaging in delinquent behavior.
“Risk factors” are any circumstances that may increase youths’ likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors. Conversely, “protective
factors” are any circumstances that promote healthy youth behaviors and decrease the chance that youth will engage in
risky behaviors.

Risk factors and protective factors are often organized into five categories:

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Peer group
  • Community

Risk Factors

Many of the risk factors that make it likely that youth will engage in risky behaviors are the opposite of the protective factors
that make it likely that a teen will not engage in such behaviours. For example, one risk factor is family management problems.
If parents fail to set standards for their teen’s behavior, it increases the likelihood that the teen will engage in substance abuse
or delinquent behavior. Conversely, a protective factor is effective parenting. If parents consistently provide both nurturing
and structure, it increases the likelihood that a teen will not get involved with substance abuse or delinquent behavior and
will become involved in positive activities.

Exposure to risk factors in the relative absence of protective factors dramatically increases the likelihood that a young person
will engage in problem behaviors. The most effective approach for improving young people’s lives is to reduce risk factors
while increasing protective factors in all of the areas that touch their lives.
Risk factors function in a cumulative fashion; that is, the greater the number of risk factors, the greater the likelihood that
youth will engage in delinquent or other risky behavior. There is also evidence that problem behaviors associated with risk
factors tend to cluster. For example, delinquency and violence cluster with other problems, such as drug abuse, teen pregnancy,
and school misbehavior.

Risk factors that predict future risky behaviors by youth are

  • Antisocial behavior and alienation/delinquent beliefs/general delinquency involvement/drug dealing
  • Favorable attitudes toward drug use/early onset of AOD use/alcohol/drug use
  • Early onset of aggression/violence
  • Intellectual and/or development disabilities
  • Victimization and exposure to violence
  • Poor refusal skills
  • Life stressors
  • Early sexual involvement
  • Mental disorder/mental health problem


  • Family history of problem behavior/parent criminality
  • Family management problems/poor parental supervision and/or monitoring
  • Poor family attachment/bonding
  • Child victimization and maltreatment
  • Pattern of high family conflict
  • Family violence
  • Having a young mother
  • Broken home
  • Sibling antisocial behavior
  • Family transitions
  • Parental use of physical punishment/harsh and/or erratic discipline practices
  • Low parent education level/illiteracy
  • Maternal depression


  • Association with delinquent/aggressive peers
  • Peer rejection


  • Availability/use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in neighborhood
  • Community instability
  • Low community attachment
  • Economic deprivation/poverty/residence in a disadvantaged neighborhood

Protective Factors

Researchers know less about protective factors than they do about risk factors because fewer studies have been done in this
area. However, they believe protective factors operate in three ways. First, they may serve to buffer risk factors, providing a
cushion against negative effects. Second, they may interrupt the processes through which risk factors operate. For example,
a community program that helps families learn conflict resolution may interrupt a chain of risk factors that lead youth from
negative family environments to associate with delinquent peers. Third, protective factors may prevent the initial occurrence
of a risk factor, such as child abuse. For example, infants and young children who are easy-going may be protected from
abuse by eliciting positive, rather than frustrated, responses from their parents and caregivers.

Recent scientific studies have shown that community resources also can influence individual teenagers’ positive traits.
Protective factors that protect youth against risky behaviour are shown below.


  • Positive/resilient temperament
  • Religiosity/valuing involvement in organized religious activities
  • Social competencies and problem-solving skills
  • Perception of social support from adults and peers
  • Healthy sense of self
  • Positive expectations/optimism for the future
  • High expectations

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Child protection scandal: councils accused of complacency Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:43:43 +0000 Council chiefs have been accused of complacency over their role in a culture of secrecy around children’s homes that, according to Michael Gove, left vulnerable children exposed to paedophiles.
Asian gang convicted for Rochdale, Manchester sex trafficking - Abdul Qayyum, Rochdale rape victim known as Girl E, Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Rauf and Mohammed Sajid

Child protection scandal: councils accused of complacency Photo: Getty Images/Anita Maric /newsteam
Local authorities moved to defend their handling of child protection issues, after the Education Secretary criticised “absurd” confidentiality arrangements which he said had shielded children from those protecting them while actively helping grooming rings.

Councils insisted they had at times been powerless to protect children in homes in their areas because they often did not even know they were there because of the rules, which have recently been changed.

Ann Coffey, the chairman of a parliamentary inquiry into the issue, rejected the councils’ claims, insisting that they “should have known” before then and that officials had been routinely failing to comply with long-standing rules about sharing information on children in care.

Tim Loughton, the former children’s minister, said there was “no doubt” councils had been complacent about their duties to protect children they were placing in care in other areas. Mr Gove made his comments in a highly critical article in The Daily Telegraph as his department published the most comprehensive information yet about the cost, location, and standards of children’s homes in England.

He ordered it to be compiled and published after the Rochdale sexual grooming scandal exposed serious flaws in the child protection system in England. Nine men were jailed last year for grooming and sexually abusing vulnerable teenage girls, including those who were in care.

The case exposed how councils had been routinely sending vulnerable children to homes in distant parts of the country under a system increasingly reliant on small, privately-run care homes.

The figures Mr Gove released showed that half of children in homes are living outside their local area, away from friends and family support networks, in some cases hundreds of miles away.

David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association’s children’s board, said councils were “not necessarily routinely notified” if a children’s home opens in their area.

“One of our frustrations … is making sure we know when children are placed in our local area and when new children’s homes open,” he said.

Ms Coffey said: “Councils should have known about this because the regulations say that if you place a child in another local authority area you have to notify the other local authority that that child is placed there. That is not the responsibility of Ofsted. It is a systematic failure.”

“Children are being placed many, many miles away, not because the home that they are being placed in is able to meet their specialist needs but because that is where the homes are.”

Mr Loughton added: “There is no doubt local authorities were complacent in their duty of care towards the children who were living out of their area. There was a bit of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ and that has got to change.”

Lily Caprani, of the Children’s Society, who worked on the parliamentary inquiry said: “What we uncovered … was children going missing and people not realising – that no one had noticed.

“When it is my child I want to know where he is at any time of day. If you are a corporate parent you ought to have exactly the same attitude to a child in your care.”

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Three men suspected of running underage prostitution ring in East London jailed for 24 years over rape and sex assault on girl Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:47:43 +0000 Three men suspected of running an east London sex ring which preyed on girls in care were today jailed for a total of 24 years for raping a teenager.

Naeem Ahmed, 24, Nabeel Ahmed, 25, and Hassan Raza, 23, took turns to abuse the 18-year-old after plying her with drink and drugs.

Naeem, the ringleader and self-styled ‘pimp’, was arrested after police investigated concerns about suspected abuse of two girls under the care of Essex County Council.

Convicted: Naeem Ahmed, who had bragged to police of his 'Kama Sutra' sexual activities with the victim, was jailed for 14 years for two counts of rape

Convicted: Naeem Ahmed, who had bragged to police of his ‘Kama Sutra’ sexual activities with the victim, was jailed for 14 years for two counts of rape
When questioned by police about what he had done with one alleged victim, he bragged: ‘Have you seen the Karma Sutra?’

Naeem was jailed for 14 years, Ahmed was given eight years and Raza was locked up for two years.

In total six girls gave evidence about their involvement with the gang during a seven week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

One girl, aged 17, claimed she was held down and raped by two of the men after she agreed to work as a prostitute for Naeem Ahmed.

Naeem was said to have told her his ‘love for her would grow’ if she slept with other men for cash.

She also claimed she was raped by Nabeel Ahmed and his brother Jameel after being taken to a hotel in Cranbrook Road, Ilford, on January 21.

A 16-year-old claimed Naeem Ahmed told her to have sex with him because he needed ‘to see how good you are in bed’ before asking her to work as a prostitute.

The third teenager, aged 18, was picked up in the street after the men saw her have an argument with her boyfriend and taken to a house in Chadwell Heath.

She was first raped by Naeem Ahmed, also known as ‘Ricky’, before Nabeel Ahmed entered the room shortly after to force himself on her. Naeem Ahmed then went back in and told her ‘I’m not done with you yet’ and raped her for a second time.

In the morning, Hassan Raza entered the room where he first comforted the girl before trying to kiss her and have his own way with her. She told the jury: ‘I had just been crying forever. I had just been crying. I felt violated. I felt like absolute s***.

‘I felt dirty and disgusting. I just wanted to go home. I just wanted to have a wash.

‘I just wanted to get away from everybody there, but I just felt like I couldn’t do anything about the matter and I was just panicking and waiting for it to be over.’

Nabeel Ahmed
Hassan Raza

Off to prison: Nabeel Ahmed, left, 25, was convicted on one count of rape, and Hassan Raza, right, 23, found guilty of sexual assault after they took turns to abuse the 18-year-old after plying her with drink and drugs

Another two girls, aged 16 and 17, alleged they were raped and sexually abused by restaurant owner Anas Iqbal, 26, after he met them on the street.

A sixth girl, aged 18, claimed she was persuaded to work as a prostitute by Naeem Ahmed and slept with a man for £30.

The jury did not accept the accounts of five of the girls and after deliberating for five days only convicted the three men in relation to sex attacks on one of them.

Lloyd-Eley QC, defending Naeem Ahmed, said: ‘It cannot be a fact that the complainant believed she was unable to leave.

‘That was nurtured in her own mind, not by anything that the defendants have said or done.

‘As for the element of abduction, it is entirely voluntary throughout from the victim.

Anas Iqbal at Snaresbrook Crown Court: The restaurant owner was cleared of five charges but faces a retrial over two further allegationsAnas Iqbal at Snaresbrook Crown Court: The restaurant owner was cleared of five charges but faces a retrial over two further allegations

‘There is no attempt to conceal anything about themselves; their names, their occupations, their numberplates or their address.

‘Naeem Ahmed is a completely different man to the man that was in the room that night.

‘He has not been able to see his son and that has been causing him a lot of stress and anxiety.’

Leonard Smith QC, defending Nabeel Ahmed, said: ‘The good part of Nabeel Ahmed is that the very day he came to this country he has worked and worked hard.

‘His family have been dependent on him right up until he came into custody.

‘This is a tragedy for his wife and his child.

‘In a way he is a credit to his family but on the night in question it must be said that he falls to be sentenced for a serious offence.

‘The usual rapist does not usually allow their target to ring their mother and buy some food.

‘This is the case with Mr Ahmed.’

Dominic D’Souza, defending Hassan Raza, said he was described as a ‘completely decent person’ by the victim.

‘She does not absolve him but she effectively said he tried it on and when she said to stop, he did,’ said Mr D’Souza.

‘If there was any comfort to the victim then it came during the two to three hours spent with Mr Raza.

‘He has also been in custody nearly nine months which is the equivalent of serving an 18-month sentence.’

Judge Martyn Zeidman told the three men: ‘Each one of you have exploited this thoroughly honest teenager, who was a superbly honest witness and you all treated her in a despicable and cruel manner.’

Naeem Ahmed, of Barking, Essex, denied five counts of rape against two victims, controlling child prostitution, paying for the sexual services of a child, inciting child prostitution and inciting prostitution for a gain.

He was convicted of three counts of rape relating to the 18-year-old but was cleared of two other counts of rape, controlling child prostitution, paying for the sexual services of a child, inciting child prostitution and inciting prostitution for gain.

Nabeel Ahmed, of Romford, Essex, had denied three counts of rape but was convicted of one.

Hassan Raza, also Barking, had denied a single count of sexual assault of the third girl but was found guilty.

Anas Iqbal, of East Ham, east London, denied five counts of rape against one alleged victim, one of attempted rape against another and paying for the sexual services of a child.

He was found not guilty of five of the seven charges and now faces retrial in respect of one count of rape and one of attempted rape.
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Interview with Mohan Singh of the Sikh Awareness Society on BBC Radio WM Mon, 02 Sep 2013 08:19:26 +0000 Interview with Mohan Singh of the Sikh Awareness Society Highlighting the massive problem of grooming of Sikh girls across the UK.
aired on BBC West Midlands
2nd September 2013 – 8am
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Bbc Documentary On Sexual Grooming Of Under Age Sikh Girls And Follow Up On Sikh Channel – 2nd September 2013 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:00:51 +0000 MUST WATCH for all Sikh Sangat please !!! the following is a comprehensive list of all media exclusives this weekend which are essential reading and viewing for all Sikh Sangats and that we all get behind this media attention as it will be the first time these issues are aired on National TV.



‘Rising tensions ’ between Muslims and Sikhs over hidden pattern of sex grooming

Shame is an issue, says Mohan Singh, head of the Sikh Awareness Society
Times photographer, Paul Rogers
  • Mohan Singh, Head of Sikh Awareness Society
    Shame is an issue, says Mohan Singh, head of the Sikh Awareness SocietyTimes photographer, Paul Rogers
Published at 12:01AM, September 2 2013

Outrage over a hidden pattern of sex grooming triggered a mob attack on a restaurant and fears of escalating tension between Sikh and Muslim communities.

The restaurant targeted during vigilante action in Leicester was loosely linked to the abuse of a 16-year-old Sikh girl by a group of Muslim men.

Six adults were jailed on Friday for offences against the teenager including internal trafficking, facilitating child prostitution, inciting child pornography and paying for the sexual services of a child.

Their prosecution is thought to be the first in which a sex-grooming network has been convicted of crimes against a Sikh victim. Recent trials have exposed the abuse of white girls by street-grooming rings, mostly of Pakistani origin. Campaigners claim that child protection authorities have failed to recognise a similar targeting of Sikh children.

The crime model is under-reported, they say, partly due to the shame felt by Sikh families whose children fall victim to grooming gangs, but also because concerns are often mistakenly dismissed by agencies as “Sikhs complaining because they don’t like their daughter having a Muslim boyfriend”.

Early this year, word spread within Sikh communities about the case that led to last week’s sentencing. Rumours falsely suggested that police knew that a Sikh girl was being used for sex by Muslims but were refusing to intervene.The reality, said Detective Superintendent David Sandall, head of safeguarding at Leicestershire Constabulary, was that an inquiry had been launched but the 16-year-old victim had not yet given police a filmed interview.

In January, 50 Sikh men, some carrying knives, metal bars and bricks, attacked the Moghul Durbar restaurant in Leicester. Some of the girl’s abuse took place in a flat attached to the premises. Innocent staff and diners were attacked, three of them stabbed, and the restaurant was ransacked.

Seven men from Derby and Birmingham, of previous good character, were jailed for two years each for violent disorder. A judge described the attack as “mob rule” and “lawless anarchy”.

Their anger was fuelled by concern over the handling of previous cases. Last year, The Times visited a Sikh family in the West Midlands whose pleas for help from police and social services fell on deaf ears. Mohan Singh, head of the Sikh Awareness Society, travels the country to give public talks about the issue. His organisation runs a helpline and is dealing with 19 current cases around the country.“We have dealt with 600 cases over 15 years. In the 50 worst cases it was more than one man, all of them Muslims,” he said. “Shame is a major issue. People don’t want to go to the police so they come to us.”

Most child-sex offenders in Britain are white men, usually acting alone, but there are perpetrators from all religious backgrounds including Christians, Hindus and Sikhs. Muslims have, however, been significantly over-represented among networks convicted in recent years of street-grooming crimes against teenagers.

Five of the six men convicted last week in Leicester were Muslim and one was Hindu. Ashish Joshi, chairman of the Sikh Media Monitoring Group, said such gangs typically targeted girls “from outside their community”. He added: “They go for white, Sikh or Hindu girls because a small sub-section of the Muslim community holds the prejudiced view that non-Muslim girls are not to be respected like girls from their own community.”

In a BBC One film to be shown this evening, Sikh girls speak of being groomed for abuse by Muslims. who at first posed as Sikhs to win their trust.

Also interviewed is Ibrahim Mogra, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, who says that such crimes are abhorrent but warns that “unsubstantiated allegations” about the targeting of Sikh children may cause “tensions between our communities”. It was “very wrong for society to blame a whole community”.

Inside Out, a special investigation into the exploitation of Sikh girls, will be shown at 7.30pm. The full half-hour film will be broadcast nationally on BBC One HD and regionally on BBC One London. A shorter version will be shown in other areas of the country.


Monday 2nd September – 7:30pm – BBC Inside Out London Special on Grooming of Sikh Girls by Muslim Men. (SKY CHANNEL 954 – BBC LONDON)



This programme has come about through the ongoing support work of the Sikh Awareness Society with abuse victims. The programme will highlight issues and problems that are being faced by the Sikh Community and how they are tackling these issues themselves.

An Inside Out London special, uncovers the hidden scandal of sexual grooming of young Sikh girls by Muslim men. Breaking their silence, they speak to Chris Rogers about their experiences at the hands of these predatory men and why justice is being denied to them by their own community and the police.…rammes/b039kmx6


Monday 2nd September – 8pm – Sikh Channel – Sikh Ethics programme will discuss the BBC documentary 


After the BBC programme airs on TV on 2nd November straight after on the Sikh Ethics Programme on Sikh Channel from 8pm-9pm the programme will be discussed by Mohan Singh and the SAS team



Sky Channel 840, Rogers TV Channel 676, Bell Fibe TV Channel 667 online and via iOS and Android applications.

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Teenage girls sex exploitation: Ten men charged in Coventry Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:35:52 +0000  Ten men have been charged with offences including rape, sexual assault and trafficking of at least five girls aged between 16 and 18.

West Midlands Police allege the offences were committed in Coventry between May and September 2012.

Five of the men are due to appear at the city’s crown court in November.

Five others will appear before magistrates in Coventry later. The accused are aged between 19 and 30, a police spokesman said.

Three brothers, Gulfraz Banaris, 20, and Ifaraz Banaris, 25, both of Deedmore Road, Wood End, and Izthkhab Banaris, 24, of Eld Road, all Coventry, are charged with conspiracy to traffic girls across the city.

Gulfraz and Izthkhab Banaris are also accused of rape.

They appeared before magistrates on Thursday and were remanded in custody to appear again on 7 November.

Two other brothers, Isa Iqbal, 21, and Ismail Iqbal, 20, both of no fixed address, also face trafficking charges and will appear in court in November.

Five other men are due to appear in court in Coventry later in connection with the same inquiry.

Ricardo Hinkson, 23, from Telfer Road, Radford; Amir Mahmood, 27, of Blackwell Road, both Coventry and Tasveer Hussain, 30, of Canal Road, Foleshill, have been charged with conspiracy to traffic within the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

Saleem Hussain, 30, of Beake Avenue, Coventry, faces a charge of sexual assault, and 25-year-old Khezer Hussain, from Bordesley Green East, Stechford, Birmingham, has been charged with an offence of rape.

A spokesman said the five girls were being supported by specially-trained police officers and staff from Coventry City Council’s children’s services section.

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