A New report titled Religiously Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of Young Sikh Women Across the UK has stated that UK police ignored sexual exploitation of British Sikh girls by Pakistani men due to “political correctness” and “recklessly ignored” complaints.
The abuse and grooming of Sikh girls has occurred since the 1960s according to the Sikh Mediation and Rehabilitation team.
The report stated that Pakistani targeted Sikh girls by “fashionably-dressed adult Pakistani men travelling in flamboyant vehicles to predominantly Sikh dominated areas and schools.”
The girl would be groomed by a man often dressed as a Sikh with Kara at Nagar Kirtans. After grooming the girl, he would pass the girl onto other family members for sexual abuse.
Court cases appeared in 1971 but due to family embarrassment the issue was never highlighted in the Sikh community until 2010. The problem had occurred since the 1960s.
Labour MP Sarah Champion called for an independent investigation into the abuse of British Sikh girls.
She said: “I was shocked when I first heard about the organised abuse of Sikh girls by mostly Pakistani men.
“When I started speaking to Sikh women, I could not believe how widespread the grooming and abuse was – and that this has been going on for decades.
“All forms of sexual exploitation must be prevented.
“We need to speak of the abuse of Sikh girls to take it out of the shadows and make sure the authorities take it seriously.
“There needs to be a full investigation into the systematic abuse of Sikh girls.
“It is only by understanding this disgusting crime that we can prevent it.”
The report said: “Over the course of three decades, Sikh community leaders in the West Midlands repeatedly assert that when families or community representatives contacted the police regarding the abuse of children, their information was consistently met with disinterest and their claims met by inaction,” it said.
“With the emergence of multiple similar cases across the UK, the perceived failure to act has now been attributed to the ‘political correctness’ that inhibited authorities and agencies from addressing the racial and cultural dimensions understood as causative factors behind the abuse.”