The Pakistani origin people in Rotherham are coming to a critical point when big choices ought to be made.
At Prayers today there will be an attempt to shut people up, calm the community down and get them to comply with the tradition of not speaking outside. Akhtar and chums will be keen to keep you quiet. The Gandhi will offer to pay a little to the Masjid and everyone is expected to go back to life as normal.
This advice from the elders has not done much good so far. By seeking to cover up crimes the elders have not saved pride and face for the Community.
Instead they have tried to cap a volcano, and now it is exploding. More is going to come out about child sex abuse. It is going to do massive damage to community relations in Rotherham, with Pakistani people not only being accused of child abuse but also of seeking to protect those who did.
The leaders of the community have made a massive mistake in backing Akhtar and his friends.
The community is already under massive stress as the disturbances around Broom showed earlier this week. Again, a collection small injustices that went unpunished has led to a build of tension and an explosion of anger; dreadful judgement by the leaders who are now seen as on the side of the criminals.
The choices for the people?
Either join the other communities of Rotherham in demanding honest and open politics OR keep quiet and continue to be exploited by those who give little back but expect much for themselves.
Either demand justice and a fair Police force for the prosecution of th criminals OR forever come under the shadow and be fearful of the “pretend” justice offered the elders.
Your silence is what makes them rich. Their actions are what divides us.