Muslim group calls off boycott of police
British Muslim Youth (BMY), a UK group based in Rotherham, has called off a boycott of local police, whom they accused of ‘marginalising’ and ‘dehumanising’ Muslims in the wake of Rotherham’s devastating child sex abuse scandal.
The group – founded by Muhbeen Hussain, above – earlier ordered fellow Muslims to immediately cut all ties with the police or face being made pariahs in their own neighbourhoods. But yesterday BMY said on its website:
The boycott was led by the Rotherham Muslim Community Alliance along with other organisations and was due to feelings of heightened community tensions and disengagement from the Muslim community in Rotherham by South Yorkshire Police.
This was a desperate and drastic measure which was taken with full support from the local Muslim community.
In its original call for a boycott, the BMY warned that its members would not be “held responsible for acts of personal self-defence” and said it could no longer trust South Yorkshire Police because of the ongoing “marginalisation and dehumanisation” of Muslims.
Last August a devastating independent report was published revealing how at least 1,400 girls as young as 11 were groomed and sexually exploited over a 14-year period by gangs of predominantly Pakistani men.
South Yorkshire Police and the local council were both savaged for failing to avert the scandal, with officers later claiming they failed to intervene for fear of being branded racist.
In a message posted on its website, the organisation said it “completely condemns all forms of child sexual exploitation” but argued all Muslims had been:
Tarred with the same brush.
UKIP’s Jane Collins said:
These people are calling for themselves to be above the law.
Referring to the perpetrators of the abuse, she said:
For years these men went about their vile activities, raping girls and passing them around while the council did nothing all because they were scared of appearing racist by accusing Muslim men of crimes against white girls.
So for this group of men to ignore what has happened to 1,400 victims of grooming gangs in Rotherham – girls who were actually demonised – and claim instead that they are the victims is sickening.
The BMY said on its website that since the scandal the Muslim community has been “under perpetual attack and demonisation” and that Islamaphobia was at “unprecedented levels” in Rotherham.
There is a perception in the minds of many ordinary people that all Muslims are now potential child abusers, or that they have been involved in some sort of a cover up.
The findings of the Jay Report cannot and must not be used to scapegoat and discriminate against the entire Muslim community due to the actions of certain individuals.
The Muslim community have been made prisoners in their own homes. South Yorkshire Police have piggybacked on this hostile environment towards the Muslim community by deflecting the attention of their own failures by scapegoating us.
They have peddled a pernicious lie that historically they failed to act of allegations of CSE, because they were afraid of being branded ‘racist’.
Any Muslim groups or institutions in Rotherham that do not adhere to this policy of disengagement will also be boycotted by the Muslim community.
We will not be treated as criminals any longer, nor will we be held responsible for acts of personal self-defence.
Before the boycott ended, the BBC reported that police were seeking “urgent talks” with leaders of Rotherham’s Muslim community over the the disengagement threat.
Force Ch Supt Jason Harwin, above, said:
Police recognise that the last 14 months have been very difficult for all communities in Rotherham, and particularly for the Muslim community … We need to sit and talk. I’ve already asked some of the individuals to meet with us. If communities don’t engage with police, that’s putting more people at risk.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn