London – The Sheffield Crown Court has found seven people convicted of rape, sexual assault and forceful confinement, guilty of these crimes. The crimes happened between the years from 1998 to 2005. As per media reports, all the convicts are of Asian origin. However, incidents of such crimes are rising tremendously in the United Kingdom, and claims are rife of a conspiracy being behind them. Sarah Champion, the Member of Parliament for Rotherham had alleged gangs of Pakistani origin to have perpetrated the sexual crimes against women. The allegations had caused a sensation, and some people had even accused Champion of racial discrimination. Nevertheless, the Sheffield Crown Court verdict reminded the British media of the allegations Sarah Champion had made earlier.
Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, Nabeel Kurshid, Tanweer Ali, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, Asif Ali and another, whose name was not revealed due to legal reasons have been found guilty of gang rape and other serious crimes of similar nature against women. Also, the race of the accused has not been revealed. Albeit, it has brought into limelight the serious sexual offences against women in the United Kingdom. An investigation into hundreds of incidences of sexual exploitation of white women has begun, leading to shocking revelations coming forth.
The investigations concluded that nearly 1,500 young girls were victims of rape and sexual assault in UK’s Rotherham alone. Such incidences began to surface from 2010. In 2015, the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom, undertook a special investigation against such crimes, named ‘Operation Stovewood’. While 420 suspects are under investigation, all incidents of this nature, occurring between 1997 to 2013 are believed to be under the scanner. The media have claimed the details coming forth in the investigations, to be alarming. British MP, Sarah Champion had warned of this in one of her reports published in 2017.
In the report, Champion claimed people of Pakistani origin were involved in sexual crimes against women, and the number of the incidents were increasing dangerously. She had even said that she felt unsafe while moving around as a people’s representative.
On the contrary, after the article, Sarah Champion was accused of racism and had to face the political brunt. The matter of the Pakistani gangs conspiring to target white women is now slowly being exposed. Therefore, the media have drawn the citizens’ attention towards Champion’s article from 2017 and the claims made therein. In 2017, another study published by a think tank Quilliam claimed nearly 84 per cent of the gang members involved in the “grooming gang” offences against women and underage girls in the United Kingdom to be of South Asian origin. The report explicitly warned that most of them were Muslims of Pakistani descent. An all-round criticism has begun about the British agencies not having taken the report seriously, and some political parties have also taken up the issue.