‘Muslim leaders fully aware of problem but did nothing’: Pakistani community worker makes explosive claims on Rotherham’s religious leaders who ‘talked in mosques but not to police’
- 1,400 girls were abused by Pakistani gangs in Rotherham for 16 years
- Pakistani community workers said abuse scandal was ‘discussed’
- She said religious leaders were ‘contacted by agencies about the abuses’
- But they ‘discussed it at the mosque’ rather than going to the police
- Comes as council officers face calls to step down over the report
Pakistani community leaders in Rotherham were complicit in hushing up the shocking ‘ethnic’ dimensions of the sexual exploitation rather than speaking out, it was claimed yesterday.
Parveen Qureshi, director of the United Multicultural Centre in Rotherham, revealed the shocking issue was widely discussed between leaders who were privately ‘trying to resolve the problem’.
She refused to name those who kept quiet, but was certain the problem of Asian men abusing white girls was known ‘for a long time’.