Sex rings, paedophilia, preying on white women – What is wrong with British-Pakistani men?

Published: March 30, 2018
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(Top L-R) Khalid Hussain, Alladitta Yousaf, Kameer Iqbal, (Bottom L-R) Raheem Ahmed, Moinul Islam, Kamran Khan are all convicted members of a grooming gang in Oxford. PHOTO: THAMES VALLEY POLICE

I am sick and tired of what the British Pakistani society has become – I really am. In recent news, it has been reported that the largest British gang of paedophiles, preying on young, vulnerable white girls, is of Pakistani descent.

There is no need to sugar coat the fact that we clearly have an issue with women in our society. Telford, where this particular gang operated, was a town not too far from my own, in Ironbridge.  Telford was a sleepy town I happened to visit in 1999, as part of a school trip, of which I have many fond memories.

Fast forward 20 years, the town has now become associated with gang rape, paedophilia, forced prostitution and rampant abuse. Since the 80s, over a 1,000 children may have been victims of abuse. Girls as young as 11 were tied up, beaten and raped; with some men paying up to £2,000, depending upon the age of the victim – The younger the victim, the higher the price.

There is absolutely no way one can defend the actions of these despicable men, or even allege that only a small portion was involved in such abhorrent acts. Over the years, statistics show that 84% of those convicted from grooming gangs for sexual crimes were Asian men, mostly of Pakistani heritage.

Far right groups such as the British National party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL) have raised the issue of grooming gangs operating in major towns for years, but no one really paid attention. It is only recently, after detailed investigations were called for, that this is being acknowledged as an immensely serious issue.

As Pakistanis, we have to ask ourselves about the overall stamp of shame we have left behind in a country that has been gracious and welcoming to us from the start. We need to rid ourselves of this ‘colonial revenge’ mindset, which sees white women as an easy means to perhaps seek revenge for the misdemeanours of their ancestors.

For years, I have been defending the Pakistani community against repressive hatred and racist prejudice, but when such instances keep occurring, it becomes impossible to continue this defence. We have to address the elephant in the room and question: do all Pakistani men hate women, even after they leave the country? After all, they do regard them as their property, for them to do with as they please, while also believing a woman’s place to be solely in the kitchen or the bedroom.

From a young age, we have been socially conditioned to tie a woman’s worth to her marital status and the number of children she bears. Young brown women are still told to make themselves more rishta’ worthy to men, whilst at the same time we make no such demands for our men to reform the odious acts they indulge in.  We tightly guard our women’s virginity and basically require them to stay indoors before marriage – not wanting them to engage in anything that damages their hymen, or get them blacklisted as ‘promiscuous’.  All the while, our men are free to do whatever they want, be it legitimate or otherwise, without fear, denigration or shameful retort. The reason those young, vulnerable white women were let down in this manner is because our men have repeatedly been allowed to get away with this kind of behaviour.

What seems to be the reason behind our men continually committing acts of such depravity? Perhaps it has something to do with the intense sexual frustration they experience whilst living in a conservative community in a hyper-sexualised country. While maintaining propriety and decorum in public, they end up leading disturbing lives in private. Since talking about sex is also a taboo in our communities, they ultimately end up resorting to clandestine, illegal and inhumane ways to fulfil their sexual desires.

We need to realise that whilst the desire to have sex or being sexual is nothing to be ashamed of, exploiting vulnerable young girls – many of whom are from broken homes – is most definitely a shameful and heinous act no one should engage in. If sexual crimes are to be brought down, we need to start with honest and more open communication in our communities about sex.

An investigation is now being demanded, and hopefully something good will come out of it. But this does not absolve the British-Pakistani community from taking responsibility – we are not blameless. We need to start paying more attention to our boys and men, and be more aware of the activities they engage in. On the other hand, we must also get rid of the archaic beliefs where we impose purity, virtue and perfection on our women, while our men go out and ravage the world. The idea that white women are somehow to blame for this, that they are ‘promiscuous’ or in any way ‘asking for it’, must be destroyed permanently. What we need is the spotlight to come off of all women, and be focused on our men.

Yes, rape and child abuse are issues emerging everywhere across the globe. But this issue pertains to a single community, and just because a crime is common, doesn’t mean the community has not normalised problematic behaviour and repeatedly condoned such actions.

I don’t want to hear further about Pakistani grooming gangs. I don’t want to hear about young, white girls being raped by old, perverted men who find it impossible to control their sexual urges. I don’t want the families of these criminals to displace the blame from the men to the white women, just because they are not ready to deal with reality. And more importantly, in these difficult times, I don’t want our entire community – which largely consists of valued professionals – to be besmirched by the actions of these gangs. I don’t want this to become the face that represents us, but unfortunately, until we tackle the root of the problem, it seems like the entire community will have to face the wrath for the actions of a few.

Faiza Iqbal

Faiza Iqbal

A law graduate from King's College, London Nottingham Law School. Having worked at Mandviwalla & Zafar as an Associate, she now writes freelance articles and is trying to qualify as a barrister in Canada.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • sheikh

    typical ! that’s what they learn from the elders , just look at the role if punchayats ,wthRecommend

  • 19640909rk .

    what can I say- they are Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Ayesha Ejaz

    Faiza. you have wrote my heart…not only you but we are also sick of this sex or revenge oriented mentality and behaviour. In Pakistani society, men even after doing each and every sin are considered as respectable and gentle whereas women found only talking to some anonymous caller have to bear dire consequences. double standards and sick mentality..Recommend

  • Adeel

    Very well said. It is apparent how dehumanised white women are in our society when people you talk to paint them all with one brush “some promiscuous girl dying for their attention”
    Disgraceful and we should be ashamed. But not stop at that. We need to re educate our children and make sure they understand that a “gori” is a human too.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    Tie this up with Zainab kasur rape case and we end up with a ‘deprave nation’ image. Something is seriously wrong with us and we are not addressing it.Recommend

  • Syed WAQAR HUSSAIN NAQVI

    A very sorry state of affairs. I being a pakistani is really ashamed of this fiasco happening in England and pakistan is getting a bad name. The most unfortunate thing is that these horrific individuals must be hanged irrespective of there cast and creed or nationality because these individuals can’t even be considered as human. My heart itch for the families and the females who are victim to this horrid sin.Recommend

  • M. Chaudhary

    Not every pakistanis involved in such kind of activities. There are few who commited such act. Kindly dont blame every pakistanis. Mostly they are faithful to their relationships. Problem lies with the women aswell. Why not they report to the authority at first place? Its very disgusting our community members are involved. Culprits must be punished with lengthy jail term.Recommend

  • Namaan

    Also worth exploring is why we don’t hear of such crimes by the Pakistani community in the US or Canada, for example, but is so prevalent in the UK. What is it specifically about the UK Pakistani community that makes the men prone to engage in such organized sex crimes? And how did they get there? Is it really just the excessive political correctness by British law enforcement that let it go on for so long instead of nipping it at the bud?Recommend

  • MJ

    Most of the Pakistani immigrants to US and Canada have a higher education background. They also come from families that pay a lot of importance to education. That is the key difference between the Pakistani communities in North America vs. UK.Recommend

  • kp

    i bet you have never been to London. i betRecommend

  • Asif

    Why didn’t the women report to the authorities you say? That’s because they were UNDERAGE KIDS! Google what pedophilia means before spewing nonsense on the internetRecommend

  • PatelPara

    did you ever saw every white american apologizing for all the rapists/pedophiles in usa?Recommend

  • AJ

    Thank you for writing on this difficult yet very important subject. It disgusts me to the core the way it has been, and is, happening to vulnerable inncoent children. I don’t know what is with these animals. I have been reading articles about these cases and these monsters are not even ashamed about what they have been doing. DisgustingRecommend

  • AJ

    I agree with your point. Since I moved to UK about 2 yeas ago, I have never read or heard about Indians or Sikhs been involved in anything like this and I feel good about them having a good repo and having a positive part in community. I really don’t understand why men from Pakistani origin are like this. Everyday, you check the newspaper and everyday it’s in the news.Recommend

  • It’s Economy Stupid

    This phenomenon is also common in Canada. Married taxi drivers supply drugs to young white girls inexchange for sex.Recommend

  • wb

    Forgive me Fiaza, you are writing as if the problem is only with British Pakistani men. But the problem is with Pakistani men. Pakistan is the child rape capital of the world and also the rape capital of the world in general. Only thing is, in Pakistani society, rapes are not reported. Out of 30-40 rapes, only one is reported. If you actually go deep into the issue, you will find that Muslim men in generally have a very high tendency to rape women and children. So, this is a Muslim problem.Recommend

  • dawah urdu

    Well it is the result of watching too much bollywood and if you look at ads on pakistani channels they are extremely sexualized. One more thing the men who commit such crimes are not seen innocent by respectible families i mean nobuddy from a good family will give there daughter to such men or there sonsRecommend

  • Imran Igra

    Anyone associated with child abuse or forced prostitution should be sent to jail for life, regardless of their ethnicity or race. Animals!Recommend

  • Sami Thinker

    Why people have to throw mud on Pakistan to complete their thesis ? Is only Pakistan a country to attack. UK and USA and other states are exempted from such sins ? Sins are every where. Recommend

  • Saif Ali

    This must be and indian.Recommend

  • Saif Ali

    Excellent article, very well written.Recommend

  • observe

    We have grown up in a hungry, directionless, hypocritic society, where even the educated resort to massive abuse of any and every one they can get their hands on. We believe we can get away with it under the guise of the brand ‘Muslims’. Unfortunately we do not even have qualities to qualify for decent human beings. Shame shameRecommend

  • Sandeep Bajwa

    There is nothing wrong with them! They are doing what they have been taught by their friends, family and religious leaders!Recommend

  • Namaan

    No doubt that that could be a factor, but it seems to me a common theme is the police and public sector workers not doing their jobs in the fear of being called biased or racist, or worst, an Islamophobe. And standing here in the states, it seems that this culture of political correctness is far more pervasive in the UK and even Canada then it is over here. It doesn’t excuse the crime or the criminals, but that it got so out of hand and at such scale, this reflects failings in law enforcement.Recommend

  • sterry

    There are depraved Muslim men in Europe who live in ghettos and commit crimes but a lot of them were born there and have nothing to do with the subcontinent.Recommend

  • sterry

    For cultural reasons and the way society operates, rapes are not as common in Pakistan as in India or other countries. British Pakistani men have the same problem that a lot of poor isolated Muslim communities have in Europe – they live in marginalized societies in social isolation in ghetto type conditions where they often don’t work. Look at the Arabs in France and the stigma of crime and violence that is associated with them. Similar for Turks, Syrian, Somali, Iranian and Afghan refugees in Germany and Sweden who are disliked by the majority of locals as freeloaders. The Arab term for gang rape is Taharush Jamia and it has entered the common speech of Europeans. Yes all Muslim societies in Europe need to address the issue of how they treat and look at women, especially European women.Recommend

  • sterry

    Most of the Muslim men who commit crimes in UK are born and brought up there so it is the social conditions of the UK or the ghettos where these people live which is contributing to this phenomenon. Just like the Turkish ghettos in Germany or the Arab Ghettos in France or the areas where Iranian and Afghan refugees live in Sweden. All these areas with Muslim men living in ghettos seems to contribute to this bad behavior. Recommend

  • Mudassar Abbas

    You claimed Statistics show that 84% of paedophile are Asian men, I challenge to show me those statistics to make some sense !

    Secondly while reading your blog post I reached a conclusion that if we open the gap b/w girls and boys in our society this issue can be resolved!
    My question from you is then why America experiences so many rape crimes even in their army !Recommend

  • Sane

    What I can say about Indian rapists who not only rape Indian women, but specially foreigners. Recommend

  • Sane

    Oh! you forget that India is globally declared (accredited) as country of rapists. Do you still need any proof?Recommend

  • 19640909rk .

    nice try. Indians are not the accused party here. No Indian is ever blamed for these kind of behavior in UK.Recommend

  • Faiqa Yasmin

    horrendous incidents like rape and sexual assault are happening in society throughout the world even in developed and so called civilized nations like US where in every 107sec, one person gets raped but only 15-20% cases are reported and countries like belgium, Sweden, Australia etc are not excluded from the list. The article calling the entire nation ” wicked” is not measureable and ignorant.instead of just pushing the things towards the Islamic countries, it’s better to suggest the ways to prevent this rape cultureRecommend

  • Faiqa Yasmin

    instead of saying anything against such brutal actions you are defending your nation…how sad is that. for God sake it’s a human issue not a race issue and there is no competition over which country has high scale for such violent acts and those who think India is not a rapist just open the link below:

    m.indiatimes.com/news/india/here-are-11-of-many-barbaric-rape-cases-from-2017-that-tell-us-that-women-in-india-aren-t-safe-324152.htmlRecommend

  • http://www.flickr.com/ameerhamza Ameer Hamza

    Let me correct you. These all convicted are actually only Punjabi origin Pakistanis.
    Recent rapes in Pakistan reported have almost 90% from Punjabi men. So there is a serious issue with Punjabi men here also.Recommend

  • http://www.flickr.com/ameerhamza Ameer Hamza

    Very true. More so with so called religious minded. I think they never understood religion, nor woman, nor society.Recommend

  • http://www.flickr.com/ameerhamza Ameer Hamza

    Salim sb. if you read history you would know that Punjab has been at cross roads of great empires. Many people in Punjab belong to ancestors who had been raped by invading armies. Hence even today Punjabis are found across England, US and within Karachi raping minors and girls.Recommend

  • vinsin

    India still among the countries with lowest rape rate with highest conviction. Indians dont rape in the name of religion – what is being discussed in the article?Recommend