September 3, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
London, United Kingdom (September 03, 2013): In a written statement sent to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) the Sikh Federation (UK) said: “We welcome the BBC One TV programme Inside Out tonight exposing the sexual exploitation and grooming of Sikh girls. This follows a number of recent cases from Rochdale, Rotherham, Derby and Oxford that predominantly related to the targeting of young white girls. The programme demonstrated the perpetrators were all Muslim men.
A meeting took place on 11 July 2013 with representatives of a number of government departments, including the Home Office, Department for Communities and Local Government and the Association of Chief Police Officers and representative Sikh organisations to discuss the impact of grooming on the Sikh community”.
“A written response providing reassurance from the Government on how it is dealing with forced conversions, grooming and sexual exploitation of children was promised to Sikh representatives. Almost 8 weeks later no written reassurances have been given to the Sikh community. Given the BBC One TV programme tonight and the recent judgement in the high profile Leicester grooming case we are disappointed in the delay in a response from the UK Government. This reinforces the view the authorities are not taking seriously the sexual exploitation and grooming of Sikh girls”, reads the statement.
According Sikh Federation UK: “[t]he full extent of the problem is masked due to underreporting and members of the Sikh community do not believe the police take grooming seriously as shown in the Leicester case and one other case covered in the programme. What was not disclosed in the programme was members of the Sikh community itself were harassed and targeted by the police following inaction from the police in the Leicester case”.
“We believe the authorities must put the victim first and ensure prompt and firm action against the perpetrators. The programme has confirmed the tactics the perpetrators use and why they target Sikh girls. The police should be alert to the sexual exploitation and blackmail tactics they use and work with the Sikh community to provide appropriate protection to potential victims”, it reads further.
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