The home secretary’s heritage gives him a powerful voice against groomers
At a time of government drift, the new home secretary has stormed onto the political stage fully forged as a provocateur who is very much his own man: a startlingly upgraded edition of the charming but rather more predictable character we knew before. Time will tell whether Sajid Javid has overreached himself, by agreeing to place suspected jihadists captured in Syria on death row. But another decision he made last week could be just as explosive.
Javid has ordered his officials to work with police to research the child grooming gangs that have abused hundreds of girls in places such as Rotherham, Oxford and Newcastle. He says he wants to gain a better understanding of “the characteristics of offenders” and how these gangs operate. For, shockingly, this remains a live issue. Four years after an inquiry by Professor Alexis Jay found that 1,400 girls had been abused in Rotherham, predominantly by men of Pakistani origin, the authorities believe that many gangs are still operating.
Sajid Javid orders research into ethnic origin of sex grooming gangs
The home secretary has ordered research into why men convicted of grooming-gang sex crimes are disproportionately of Pakistani origin.
Sajid Javid, whose own family roots are in Pakistan, said that establishing the “particular characteristics” of the perpetrators was “critical to our understanding” of offending in places including Rotherham, Telford and Newcastle.
He made the commitment in a letter to Sarah Champion, the Labour MP who was strongly criticised for stating that the country “has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”.