• Outrage at actions of Rochdale abusers
• 'No place' for sexual abuse in our faith or culture
There should be no place within Britain's Muslim communities for paedophiles or sexual abusers, said the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) today, reacting to news of nine men's guilt
in an appalling grooming case.
The men were found guilty of grooming teenage girls, following a 10-week trial in Rochdale. The court heard that these men used alcohol and drugs to help them prey on vulnerable young women.
"These are despicable and wicked acts which must not be tolerated within any society or any community," said Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB.
"I was outraged when I read of this case. There can be no justification whatsoever for this evil behaviour. There can be no religious or cultural explanation. It is simply abuse of humanity."
"No abuser should feel safe to hide their actions within their community," he said. "Our hearts go out to the victims, and our thanks to the police and those within the community who helped bring this case to court."
He called on leaders within all communities to remain on their guard, create awareness and report such behaviour to the authorities as their duty.