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  1. Rotherham grooming gang: Man who indecently assaulted young girls jailed for 18 years Mohammed Ahsan selected his victims ‘because of their vulnerability,’ say investigators https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/rotherham-grooming-gang-trial-mohammed-ahsan-jailed-operation-stovewood-a9113606.html
  2. This is eye opening. Ex Scotland Yard police man Jon Wedger (who did 27 years service) exposes how high ranking police officers and politicians derail investigations into organised pedo rings, and try and intimidate people who persist in confronting these things. It's interesting to note how he mentions one of the hotbeds of such abuse being Southall, which most of us will know has a sizeable Sikh population. Sadly, we still get the odd dimwitted, cowardly apna (and apnee) who resent Sikhs who have been trying to combat the long-standing phenomena of the targeted grooming of people in our own community. Often they suggest that the phenomena is exaggerated, or that confronting leads to 'community tensions' (which their cowardly nature seems to make them petrified of?). Well, here we seem to have an informed, experienced perspective from outside of our community. The indifference of the police, social services and political class Jon Wedger alludes to here, echoes the sentiments of many in the Sikh community who've been trying to deal with this, or who have approached the establishment for help in dealing with their own family issues in this department. I've only seen the first hour yet, but I'd like to salute all those people who've been trying to confront and deal with this issue (sometimes for decades) in the face of so much obfuscation by people in positions of power. Keep it up, and all these efforts ARE bearing fruit as awareness IS increasing, despite all the attempts to malign people and cover up. Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
  3. You know I think that sleazy predatory behaviour is such a strong impulse in certain animals, that they need to exercise it. Given that people are on lockdown, and given the physical limitations this now imposes, you'll likely to be getting more of these scumbags trolling forums/instagram/facebook/twitter etc. etc. So be on your guard, and females especially, don't go talking unguarded with male strangers, allow the PMing! - such predators can also come from any community (including ours sadly), excusing it away as some masculine 'womanising' impulse. So be streetwise and not dumb and don't conform to negative stereotypes. @Sarbatam You know, admin on Sikh forums have to be a bit sharp too, and make sure their guard against people pretending to be Sikhs is fully on. This is your responsibility too folks. I know these types can go to serious lengths to infiltrate and portray themselves in ways to make the less sharp amongst us put their guard down. Remember, their perception is that we are a dumb gullible quom as it is. It might be a good idea to be hawkish to a healthy extent. Robustly challenge ish that doesn't sit right, and derail any potential attempts to infiltrate and manipulate the more gullible amongst us.
  4. Rochdale grooming gang members remain in UK 18 months after losing court battle against deportation Exclusive: Home Office accused of prioritising offenders with Jamaican roots over sex abusers Three members of a Rochdale grooming gang remain in the UK more than 18 months after they lost an appeal against losing their British citizenship, it has emerged. Victims of Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf have reported recent sightings of the men in the Greater Manchester area. The trio have been able to return to the town where they committed years of horrific abuse after being released from prison. Khan got an underage victim pregnant while he was in his 40s, while Aziz and Rauf trafficked teenage girls for sex in their taxis. One of the prosecutors who brought charges against the Rochdale grooming gang said victims had informed him of several sightings of all three men since Christmas. Nazir Afzal OBE, the former chief crown prosecutor for northwest England, told The Independent: “Given the zeal with which the Home Office is dealing with offenders with Jamaican roots, I and the victims and their families are somewhat surprised that these men continue to walk the streets of Rochdale and keep running into those whom they abused. “Having read that one of the deportees to Jamaica was convicted only of dangerous driving, one has to ask if driving a car erratically is viewed as more dangerous and more of a priority than a man who has sexually abused children.” The Home Office announced its intention to remove the men’s British citizenship in July 2015, saying the move was in the public interest because of their “serious and organised offences”. Aziz, Khan and Rauf launched a legal challenge but lost the case at the Court of Appeal in August 2018, paving the way for them to be deported to Pakistan. The court heard that the three convicts were dual nationals, having moved to the UK from Pakistan but became naturalised Judges said the Home Office’s steps to remove their UK citizenship were a “prelude to possible deportation to Pakistan”. Each of them challenged the decision, arguing it amounted to a breach of their human rights and the interests of their children, but their cases were rejected by both the government’s First Tier Tribunal (FTT) and Upper Tribunal. The Court of Appeal concluded that the Home Office and FTT had not acted unlawfully and were “entitled to find that the deprivation of citizenship in the case of each appellant would be compliant” with the law. Lord Justice Sales said: “All the men treated the girls as though they were worthless and beyond all respect. They were motivated by lust and greed.” They were jailed in 2012 as part of a gang who plied girls as young as 13 with drink and drugs and passed them around for sex. Aziz, a taxi driver known as “the Master”, was a leading member of the group and was given a nine-year sentence for trafficking a 15-year-old girl for sex and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child. He was married with three children at the time of the abuse. Khan, also a taxi driver, received eight years for conspiracy and trafficking a 13-year-old girl who became pregnant with his child when he was in his 40s. He also targeted a 15-year-old girl and physically abused her when she complained about her treatment. Rauf, a married taxi driver with five children, was handed six years for trafficking a teenage girl and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, after driving one victim to locations where she had sex with him and others up to 20 times. Co-defendant and grooming ringleader Shabir Ahmed was also notified that he would be stripped of his British citizenship but remains in prison serving a 22-year term for rape. Aziz, Khan and Rauf’s continued presence in Rochdale emerged as the government faced a legal challenge over a deportation flight to Jamaica. After campaigners raised concern that not all of around 50 people on board had access to legal advice, a plane took off with only 17 people on board last month. There were questions over proportionality when it emerged that one deportee had been convicted of dangerous driving. The government would not comment on the Rochdale case but said it had deported more than 51,000 foreign national offenders since 2010. It defended the deportation flight to Jamaica, saying those on board were serious or persistent criminals and included men convicted of rape, violent crimes and drug offences. A Home Office spokesperson added: “The government will do everything within its power to deport those who have no right to remain in the UK.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/rochdale-grooming-gang-deported-uk-child-sex-abuse-court-trial-a9342196.html
  5. I see these honkys are still throwing around the 'asian' word. What a useless bunch of tossers. Useless police force, and they wonder why certain apnay had to go 'vigilante'. Oh well, a few more nonces banged up. Sentences should've been longer. Look at the uselessness of social services too, who told the parents of one girl that she must be enjoying the abuse if she keeps going back to it. You couldn't make this up. 'Vile and wicked' Asian grooming gang are jailed for a total of more than 55 years for sexually abusing two girls Usman Ali, Banaras Hussain, Abdul Majid, Gul Riaz and two others were jailed A seventh man is set to sentenced tomorrow after trial at Leeds Crown Court Predators abused and groomed two Huddersfield schoolgirls from 1995 to 2011 One was forced to have sex with at least 300 men by the age of 15, court heard Six men convicted of raping two vulnerable schoolgirls have been sentenced to a combined 55 and a half years in prison. Usman Ali, Banaras Hussain, Abdul Majid, Gul Riaz and two other defendants were sentenced today after a four-week trial at Leeds Crown Court. A seventh man will be sentenced tomorrow. The sickening abuse took place between 1995 and 2011 in Huddersfield and the girls were aged just 13 and 14 when they fell victim to the vile gang. The court heard that the schoolgirls were 'made to feel special' by the 'vile and wicked' predators who then treated them as 'objects to be used and abused at will'. By the time she was 15, the first victim had been raped by 300 men. Leeds Crown Court heard today how both girls now suffer with PTSD, while one of the victims has also had a lifelong struggle with depression and bulimia. A total of 34 men have now been convicted following West Yorkshire Police's Operation Tendersea investigation into child sexual exploitation in the town, with prison sentences totalling more than 300 years. The defendants were convicted of nine counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault after the sixth trial to come from the Tendersea inquiry. A jury took 12 hours and 49 minutes to convict the men of 12 offences yesterday, including rape and indecent assault. Three of the rapists cannot be named for legal reasons. Detectives on the case said the fact that one of the girls was targeted on her paper round 'speaks volumes about the sheer depravity of this case'. The first victim was introduced to older men by a school friend and by the time she was 15, had sex with up to 300 men, the jury heard during the trial. Social services eventually told the girl's family that 'she must love it if she keeps going back', according to Ms Batty. In a victim statement read out to the court, the victim said she kept the abuse 'buried' for 22 years citing a different incident where she 'wasn't believed' by the police. The statement continued to say she was 'let down' and 'ashamed' but after seeing her assailant's mugshot in a local paper, became committed to getting justice against the men who 'took away her childhood'. She said she had to 'lay her soul bare' in front of complete strangers. Speaking of the first victim, prosecutor Andrea Parnham, told the court today: 'She suffered from stress, anxiety, low self esteem - she has panic attacks. 'Her childhood has been taken away from her. She was a bright and wacky kid but that's all changed. In a victim statement read out to the court, the victim said she kept the abuse 'buried' for 22 years citing a different incident where she 'wasn't believed' by the police. The statement continued to say she was 'let down' and 'ashamed' but after seeing her assailant's mugshot in a local paper, became committed to getting justice against the men who 'took away her childhood'. She said she had to 'lay her soul bare' in front of complete strangers. Speaking of the first victim, prosecutor Andrea Parnham, told the court today: 'She suffered from stress, anxiety, low self esteem - she has panic attacks. 'Her childhood has been taken away from her. She was a bright and wacky kid but that's all changed. 'She kept it buried for 22 years. She tried to report an incident in 1997 but she was disbelieved and felt let down by them. 'She had to cope with feelings of self-loathing and shame. The feelings never left her and haunt her on a daily basis. 'She knows now they were using, grooming and manipulating her for their own purposes and she has to live with that for the rest of her life.' The other woman suffers from PTSD, depression and bulimia. Speaking after the predators were jailed, Judge Geoffrey Marson described their actions as disgusting and degrading and said the sentences were severe to discourage other potential groomers. He also described how the men convicted by Operation Tendersea targeted girls because of their vulnerability and created a relationship of trust that allowed 'predatory men to perpetrate gross sexual abuse for their own perverted gratification'. He said: 'They were planned offences by a large group of Asian men. 'It is likely many of these girls will never recover from the abuse they suffered.' Judge Marson described the grooming of the girls as 'insiduous and persistent'. He said the girls were controlled by violence, or the threat of violence against themselves and their families. He said the jury in this trial heard evidence of one of the victims going missing and returning home 'heavily under the influence of alcohol or drugs', sometimes naked on her lower half and with injuries. She was raped by every defendant in this case, often when she was too drunk to be capable of consenting to sexual activity and sometimes with other people present. The judge said she was raped by Usman Ali in his car, who was 'rough and aggressive' and left her in tears, while Abdul Majid raped her numerous times, often threatening to not take her home unless she had sex with him. Judge Marson told Majid: 'You raped her as the price for taking her home. You repeatedly abused her for your own sexual gratification.' The judge said the second victim was regularly plied with drugs and alcohol 'in order to facilitate the gross sexual abuse by the older men'. Judge Marson said she was indecently assaulted and raped by Gul Riaz, who plied her with vodka at her father's flat. The victims told the court how they continue to be affected by the actions of the men. Ali, 34, of Huddersfield, was jailed for eight years after being found guilty of two offences of rape against one victim. Riaz, 43, also of Huddersfield, was sentenced to 15 years after being found guilty of rape and two indecent assaults against one girl and rape against the other. Banaras Hussain, 39, of Shipley, was jailed for nine and a half years after being found guilty of raping one of the schoolgirls. Abdul Majid, 36, of Huddersfield, was sentenced to 11 years after being found guilty of raping one victim twice. A 36-year-old Huddersfield man was sentenced to eight years after being found guilty of rape, while a sixth, 30 and also from Huddersfield, was jailed for four years for raping one of the girls. Meanwhile, a seventh man, a 37-year-old from Huddersfield, will be sentenced tomorrow after he was found guilty of raping one girl. DCI Richard McNamara of Kirklees District, West Yorkshire Police said after the verdict: 'The sentences handed down to these men today reflect the depravity of their actions and I hope it will bring some comfort to their victims to see them jailed. 'Their actions in targeting and sexually abusing these very young and vulnerable girls were utterly despicable and I am very pleased the courts have recognised this and put them behind bars for a number of years. 'Operation Tendersea should send a very clear message that the Police and our Partners at Kirklees will not hesitate to pursue those who sexually abuse children and we will do all we can to seek justice for the victims, no matter when, or how long ago the abuse took place. 'I would urge anyone who may have been the victim of child sexual abuse in Kirklees or elsewhere who has not contacted us to come forwards.' An NSPCC spokesperson said: 'These men groomed and preyed on vulnerable teenagers, treating these young girls as nothing more than objects during sexual abuse offences which took place over a number of years. 'Each of them caused untold damage to the lives of their victims, who suffered horrendous experiences at their hands. 'We hope the girls are all receiving all the support they need, and we urge anyone who has experienced sexual abuse to speak out and seek support.' On Tuesday, the court heard from prosecutor Kate Batty who stated that the victims were deliberately targeted by older men and had been made to feel special when they gave them alcohol, drugs and cigarettes. It was said that the abuse often took place in cars, hotels and flats, including in a flat belonging to a man who was 'involved with drugs and had a gun'. Mrs Batty said the girls would 'regularly be out of it' with drink and drugs and added that the first victim had been introduced to older men by a school friend. 'She didn't know their names half of the time or she would know only their nickname. She was threatened, she was spoken down to, she was intimidated and she was assaulted. 'She was frightened and she saw absolutely no way out of this life.' She added that the youngster had been 'utterly corrupted' and that she had been 'made to believe she had no choice' but to continue with the lifestyle she had found herself in. The victim's family had tried hard to keep her safe and had sought help from both police and social services on multiple occasions. Mrs Batty added: Back then, perhaps the authorities didn't have the understanding that they now have about grooming and child sexual exploitation. 'Social services eventually told [the girl's] family that [she] must love it if she keeps going back.' 'The final straw for her was when she was thrown out of a car with her trousers round her ankles, having had sex with two or three of the men in the car - she can't remember[how many]. 'She was drunk and drugged. She was 15 years old', Mrs Batty said. Michael Quinn, from the CPS, said: 'At the heart of this case are the two victims. They have suffered immensely as a result of their childhood abuse. We would like to acknowledge their great courage in coming forward to assist the investigation and then to support the prosecution. 'I sincerely hope the convictions of their abusers will go some way to helping these young women to rebuild their lives. Our thoughts remain with them.' https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8019815/Vile-wicked-Asian-grooming-gang-jailed-total-55-years.html
  6. This is a good presentation, though the way the slides seem to jump back and forth can make it a bit difficult to keep track. I think keeping the slides progressing in a chronological order without jumping back to previous ones could possibly improve it even further. Great sewa!
  7. Have a look at this. Apnay (including an amritdhari looking fella who was apparently the ring leader?!?!) involved in grooming with a bunch of the usual suspects. Absolutely disgraceful. Lesson to learn: watch you who keep as company. External looks aren't anything to go by. https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/19/huddersfield-rape-gang-named-at-last-after-trial-where-tommy-robinson-was-arrested-8050917/
  8. This is just unreal. It claims that a member of the council might have helped broker a deal with the police to protect a paedo relative! And then people try and deny Sikh claims that the establishment are purposefully playing down or denying Sikh girls being targeted by such groomers. Jahangir Akhtar Miss Akhtar's father is Jahangir Akhtar, who quit as deputy leader of the council in 2013 and lost his seat on the council the following year. His resignation followed claims he helped broker a deal with police involving one of his relatives. The relative - gang ringleader Arshid 'Mad Ash' Hussain - was said to have agreed to hand a missing 14-year-old girl to officers at a petrol station after receiving an assurance that he would not be prosecuted. Jahangir Akhtar's resignation followed claims he helped broker a deal with police involving one of his relatives, gang ringleader Arshid Hussain (pictured) An independent inquiry led by Professor Alexis Jay found an estimated 1,400 Rotherham girls were targeted for sexual abuse by organised gangs of mostly British Pakistani men over 16 years. Four brothers who were jailed for a total of 98 years in 2016 after being convicted of 53 child sex offences against 16 girls - Arshid, Basharat, Bannaras and Sageer Hussain - are related to the Akhtars. Abuse victims helped by Rise voiced concern about the appointment. One woman, who was helped by the charity along with her sister, and who gave evidence against the Hussain brothers, said: 'I'm staggered that the charity and council didn't recognise that putting Jahangir Akhtar's daughter in that role would create a potential conflict of interest.' 'What sort of a signal does that send out to CSE survivors? How are we supposed to have any confidence that the authorities in Rotherham have learnt from the past?' The woman said Miss Akhtar's work for the charity could have given her access to information about girls and women who were groomed and sexually exploited by one or more of her relatives or their associates. Rise is believed to have informed Rotherham council of Miss Akhtar's appointment but the local authority is thought to have reported no concerns. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6811673/Daughter-councillor-implicated-Rotherham-scandal-helps-run-support-service-victims.html
  9. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6751479/Nine-strong-Bradford-sex-abuse-gang-face-years-jail-grooming-raping-two-14-year-old-girls.html
  10. I just read the RASE report and I think that not only should every Sikh in the UK read it, those in other western diaspora communities (i.e. Canada and the US) should read it too, so they can be aware of such things taking place in their own countries of residence and also be informed about the persistent inaction by English authorities in dealing with this matter over decades. The link below will take you to a site from which you can request your own copy via email (for free). Here's a taste: http://smartcentreproject.co.uk/rase-report/
  11. The paper says authorities were warned of the abuse a decade before Operation Chalice. One victim, who was targeted by paedophiles and forced to sleep with dozens of men, said: 'The police have betrayed the children of this town for a second time. 'I dread to think how many victims there have been over the years – it wouldn't surprise me if the offending was on the same scale as Rotherham. 'It has been going on for at least two decades. When will it stop?' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5487167/Telford-child-sex-scandal-involving-1-000-Britains-worst.html
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