Rotherham scandal

One girl said gang rape was 'a way of life' where she lived. But council staff did nothing for fear of being labelled racist.

1,400 children were abused in Rotherham over a 16-year period. Victims as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten and raped. One girl said gang rape was ‘a way of life’ where she lived. But council staff did nothing for fear of being labelled racist.

A report commissioned in the wake of revelations that “at least” 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham has branded the local authority “not fit for purpose” and left it facing takeover by government commissioners. How did it reach this point?

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The Rotherham scandal refers to the widespread sexual abuse of children and young people in the town of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, over a period of more than a decade. The following are some key points about the scandal:

  1. The abuse took place between 1997 and 2013 and involved an estimated 1,400 children and young people.

  2. The majority of the victims were girls aged between 11 and 15, who were typically from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  3. The abusers were predominantly men of Pakistani heritage, while the victims were mostly white British.

  4. The abuse included rape, physical assault, and emotional abuse. Some victims were also trafficked to other towns and cities in the UK.

  5. The abuse was facilitated by a number of failings on the part of the local authorities, including social services, the police, and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

  6. These failings included a lack of understanding of the nature and scale of the abuse, a reluctance to act on reports of abuse, and a tendency to blame the victims for their own abuse.

  7. The scandal was exposed in 2012 by a report in The Times newspaper, which led to a number of investigations and inquiries.

  8. As a result of these investigations, a number of individuals were convicted of sexual offences, while several senior officials in Rotherham were found to have been complicit in the cover-up of the abuse.

  9. The scandal prompted a national debate about child sexual exploitation in the UK, and led to changes in legislation and procedures aimed at improving the protection of children and young people from abuse.

Prof Alexis Jay: “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse the child victims suffered”

At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.

Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.

The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, revealed there had been three previous inquiries.

Council leader Roger Stone said he would step down with immediate effect.

Mr Stone, who has been the leader since 2003, said: “I believe it is only right that as leader I take responsibility for the historic failings described so clearly.”

The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled “racist” if they focused on victims’ descriptions of the majority of abusers as “Asian” men.

‘Doused in petrol’
Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the latest report, said there had been “blatant” collective failures by the council’s leadership, senior managers had “underplayed” the scale of the problem and South Yorkshire Police had failed to prioritise the issue.

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A victim of sexual abuse in Rotherham tells BBC’s Panorama: “I was a child and they should have stepped in”

Prof Jay said: “No-one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013.”

Revealing details of the inquiry’s findings, Prof Jay said: “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered.”

The inquiry team found examples of “children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone”.

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Ch Supt Jason Harwin: “We’ve failed our young people”

Five men from the town were jailed for sexual offences against girls in 2010, but the report said police “regarded many child victims with contempt”.

District Commander for Rotherham, Ch Supt Jason Harwin said: “Firstly I’d like to start by offering an unreserved apology to the victims of child sexual exploitation who did not receive the level of service they should be able to expect from their local police force.

“We fully acknowledge our previous failings.”

Ch Supt Harwin said the force had “overhauled” the way it dealt with such cases and had successfully prosecuted a number of abusers.

But he admitted: “I accept that our recent successes… will not heal the pain of those victims who have been let down.”

‘Racism’ fear
The report found: “Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”

Failures by those charged with protecting children happened despite three reports between 2002 and 2006 which both the council and police were aware of, and “which could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham”.

Prof Jay said the first of these reports was “effectively suppressed” because senior officers did not believe the data. The other two were ignored, she said.

The inquiry team found that in the early-2000s when a group of professionals attempted to monitor a number of children believed to be at risk, “managers gave little help or support to their efforts”.

The report revealed some people at a senior level in the police and children’s social care thought the extent of the problem was being “exaggerated”.

Prof Jay said: “The authorities involved have a great deal to answer for.”

A victim of abuse in Rotherham, who has been called “Isabel” to protect her identity, told BBC Panorama: “I was a child and they should have stepped in.

“No matter what’s done now… it’s not going to change that it was too late, it should have been stopped and prevented.”

James Vincent, BBC Look North

The scale of this report is simply staggering and some of the detail extremely hard to read.

It lays out how Rotherham Council and the police knew about the level of child sexual exploitation in the town, but didn’t do anything about it.

They either didn’t believe what they were being told, played it down, or were too nervous to act. The failures, the report says, are blatant.

The report estimates 1,400 children were sexually exploited over 16 years, with one young person telling the report’s author that gang rape was a usual part of growing up in Rotherham.

The processes for dealing with these crimes have got better in the last four years, but still improvements need to be made.

There were more apologies from the council today but the report’s author says they are too late.

Speaking about her abuser, Isabel said: “I think because the police were aware and social services were aware and he knew that and they still didn’t stop him it I think it encouraged him.

“It almost became like a game to him. He was untouchable.”

Speaking after the publication of the report, Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove said: “I’m appalled by the extent of the horrific abuse endured by these vulnerable victims.

“It’s deeply distressing how the authorities failed to protect these young people and their voices were not heard.

“Everyone involved needs to take responsibility for the shocking failings that this report has exposed. This must not happen again.

“I want to see every one of these victims getting the right support now and for as long as it takes them to help them on the path to recovery.”

Maggie Atkinson, children’s commissioner for England, said the number of identified child victims was “largely consistent” with the findings of their own national inquiry into “child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups”.

‘Horrific experiences’
Rotherham council’s chief executive, Martin Kimber, said he accepted the report and the recommendations made and apologised to the victims of abuse.

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Rotherham Borough Council chief executive Martin Kimber: “Rotherham Borough Council failed in its duty to protect its young people…I am deeply sorry”

He said: “The report does not make comfortable reading in its account of the horrific experiences of some young people in the past, and I would like to reiterate our sincere apology to those who were let down when they needed help.

“I commissioned this independent review to understand fully what went wrong, why it went wrong and to ensure that the lessons learned in Rotherham mean these mistakes can never happen again.

“The report confirms that our services have improved significantly over the last five years and are stronger today than ever before.

“This is important because it allows me to reassure young people and families that should anyone raise concerns we will take them seriously and provide them with the support they need.

“However, that must not overshadow – and certainly does not excuse – the finding that for a significant amount of time the council and its partners could and should have done more to protect young people from what must be one of the most horrific forms of abuse imaginable.”

Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

1 Abuse scandal is a ‘vastly wider issue’ than Rotherham | Channel 4 News


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She was one of the first to flag up the Rotherham abuse scandal. In her first interview Hilary Willmer, from the child protection group Pace, talks about why their report was suppressed.
2 Police ‘sorry’ for failure in Rotherham child sex abuse scandal


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Rotherham council and police say an inquiry that revealed widespread child sexual exploitation in the area has allowed them to reassure the public that the services today are safe

3 An uncomfortable truth

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Andrew Norfolk, chief investigative reporter for The Times, talks through his four year investigation into ‘the lost girls of Rotherham’ at Shift North 2015.
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5 Rotherham grooming victims speak out for the first time


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Three years after an official report found 1,400 children had been the victim of sexual exploitation in Rotherham, two of the victims have waived their anonymity to speak for the first time on camera. They discuss the continuing impact on their lives, an ordeal which has continued even after some of the abusers have been given lengthy prison sentences.

6 Hundreds of girls sexually exploited in Rotherham, England



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How hundreds of girls in the British town of Rotherham fell prey to a child exploitation ring.

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Social Affairs Editor Jackie Long reports from Rotherham, as senior figures in the council, police, and social services refuse to stand down.

8 Grooming in the north of England: special report

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After nine men are found guilty of grooming in the north of England, Channel 4 News’ Midlands Correspondent Darshna Soni investigates how this came to be and the wider impact on the local community.

9 Rotherham abuse victim: The police made me feel like I was the problem

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She tells 5 News about how she was groomed and abused.

10 Teenage grooming: the harrowing tale of a 13-year-old girl

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Social Affairs Editor Jackie Long talks to the parents of a 13-year-old girl who was groomed by a gang of men.Sign up for Snowmail, your daily preview of what is on Channel 4 News, sent straight to your inbox, here:…

11 Samantha Morton: I was sexually abused as a child in care homes | Guardian Interviews

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Following revelations of child sex abuse in Rotherham, actor and director Samantha Morton felt the need to go public about her own shocking experience growing up in care homes in Nottingham.
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12 Ruzwana Bashir on the Rotherham child abuse scandal | Channel 4 News

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British businesswoman Ruzwana Bashir kept quiet when she was abused in her home town of Skipton, aged ten. She later overcame her family’s reluctance to take her abuser to court, and now calls on others victims to take legal action.

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13 Whistleblower’s Account of Mass Child Abuse in England

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More than 1,400 girls were allegedly abused by a gang of pedophiles in Rotherham, England, over a 15-year period. Whistleblower Jayne Senior explains how the men would prey on their victims. Video/Photo: Mark Kelly/The Wall Street Journal

14 Rotherham whistleblower ‘proved right’ | Channel 4 News

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It took 16 years, but today the woman who first blew the whistle on the extent of abuse in Rotherham says she’s finally been proved right.

15 Rotherham Part 1

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16 Rotherham Part 2 – Joyce Thacker

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Giving evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee

17 Rotherham Part 3 Police Evidence

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First Part of the Police Evidence to Home Affairs Select Committee
including allegation by tory MP that Police threatened a Home Officer Researcher “Wouldn’t it be a bad thing if these men (grooming gangs) knew where you lived?”

18 Man at centre of Rotherham scandal continues to cling onto his job

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Shaun Wright, who was head of Children’s Services, has refused to stand down despite pressure from David Cameron.

19 Child exploitation still on ‘industrial scale’ in Rotherham | Channel 4 News

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Shaun Wright, who was head of Children’s Services, has refused to stand down despite pressure from David Cameron.

20 Britain’s Child Sex Rings – 1400 Children Exploited in Rotherham


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21 Shocking: Ethnic Cleansing in Rotherham

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A defenceless 84 year old pensioner shares her story of harassment, intimidation and attempts of forcible displacement with BNPtv.
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22 Rotherham locals speak out

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People of Rotherham speak to BNPtv following the horrific revelations in a report by the independent inquiry on the torture and rape of 1,400 young girls in the town by gangs of Pakistani heritage.

23 Rotherham Child Grooming Scandal – Witness Account | Loose Women

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From series 19, broadcast on 20/07/2015 Sarah Wilson was one of the 1400 children who were groomed for sexual exploitation in the Rotherham scandals. She shares her story. Click here for more:

24 Mother of child abuse victim speaking in Rotherham

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We attended the town hall in Rotherham when a meeting was taking place about the recent child abuse scandal and took along a camera. We met a woman who had been a victim of the council, social services and the police. Her story is both heartbreaking and inspirational, listen to her story.

25 Panorama – Stolen Childhoods: The Grooming Scandal

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Panorama covers the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham.

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26 Hussain bothers convicted of massive child abuse in Rotherham

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27 Greater Manchester Police cover-up moslem rape gangs

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1400 cases of “appalling” sexual exploitation revealed in UK report 
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28 Grooming gang jailed

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Four members of a grooming gang, who abused vulnerable girls in Huddersfield, have been given a total of 36 years in jail.
Sentencing them the judge described the men’s treatment of their victims – who ranged in age from 11 to 17 – as “inhuman”.

29 ‘Sex gang’s background must be acknowledged without fear of racism’ UK MP

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Seventeen men and one woman belonging to a sex-grooming gang, have been prosecuted in the UK. That’s after years of committing child rape and trafficking. The gang lured underage girls with drugs and alcohol. Police say almost 500 people were arrested after 278 victims testified. All but one of the convicted gang members was of Asian origin. Salman Butt and Toni Bugle debate the issue.

30 The stream – Seeking justice in Rotherham

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31 – 290814 Sikh Channel Special: Child Abuse Scandal (Part 1)

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Sikh Channel Special: Child Abuse Scandal (Part 1)
Sikh Channel visit the streets of Rotherham with Bhai Mohan Singh of the Sikh Awareness Society to gauge the true public response to the child abuse scandal, their feelings towards the institutions designed to protect them and the U.K media use of the term ‘Asian’ when identifying the perpetrators.

32 Peter Saunders: The nation should be shocked at Rotherham abuse findings

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33 Violated: A survivor’s account of the Rotherham Abuse Scandal

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The shocking book trailer for Violated. A first hand account from a survivor of the Rotherham Abuse Scandal. 
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34 Rotherham Child Grooming Scandal – Witness Account | Loose Women

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From series 19, broadcast on 20/07/2015 Sarah Wilson was one of the 1400 children who were groomed for sexual exploitation in the Rotherham scandals. She shares her story. Click here for more:

35 Reality of Sexual Grooming Gangs in the UK (Interview with Andrew Norfolk by SAS)

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Cutting edge report with leading UK Journalist Andrew Norfolk(The Times) and the Sikh Awareness Society on sexual grooming gangs in Britain in response to the report released today by Sue Berelowitz, Deputy Children’s Commissioner, which fails to address the fact that there is an ethnic trend within the gangs.
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36 Operation Chalice: Child Sex Abuse Case Concludes


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The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision by a judge that a man accused of child sex abuse offences whose trial collapsed is mentally unfit to stand trial again.

Noshad Hussain, 23, was cleared of trafficking a girl, 14, at a trial last year, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on four charges of engaging in sexual activity with her.

The court ruling marks the end of an investigation into a child prostitution ring in Telford.

Seven men were jailed last year.

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telford based documentary about the girls that were sexually abused by a large gang of Pakistani men.

37 Nick Ferrari: Telford abuse scandal

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A very broad reckoning of the guilty parties in British paedophile gangs shows around 80 per cent are of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin. “Why do some South Asian men treat white girls as objects?” asks Nick.
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38 Maajid Nawaz discusses the Telford Scandal

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Quilliam International’s Founder, Maajid Nawaz on his Sky News show The Pledge delivers his verdict on politically correct politicians, police, and the British Pakistani, Bangladeshi & South-Asian Muslim communities in the wake of another child sex grooming gang scandal in Telford.
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39 BBC ignoring Telford child grooming scandal. Why?

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40 Britain’s grooming gangs

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Thousands of girls have fallen prey to what’s being called grooming gangs. Sex traffickers and abusers, predominantly British Pakistanis, who target Sikh girls.
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The shocking Telford Grooming Gang Scandal is reportedly the worst in Britain’s history and saw an estimated one thousand girls beaten, raped, and even killed in a city of only 170,000 residents. Horrifying stories have emerged of British police looking the other way, refusing to investigate child rape cases, calling child rape “consensual sex” and branding the victims as racists. As the mainstream media fails to cover this revolting multicultural controversy, Stefan Molyneux explains the lengths the United Kingdom has gone to be “politically correct.”

41 House of Lords – Telford Grooming Scandal


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Lord Pearson asking a very important question regarding the Telford grooming scandal.
Unfortunately it gets the typical politicaly correct response. We can’t trust these politicians to protect our children.

42 London gangland: How young girls are groomed into gangs – BBC News

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How do you join a gang aged 12? In this special report we look at London’s gangland scene.

43 The boys groomed for exploitation

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44 BBC Inside Out – the hidden scandal of sexual grooming of young Sikh girls by Muslim men

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An Inside Out London special, uncovers the hidden scandal of sexual grooming of young Sikh girls by Muslim men. Breaking their silence, they speak to Chris Rogers about their experiences at the hands of these predatory men and why justice is being denied to them by their own community and the police.
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45 “Political Correctness Let Grooming Gangs Prosper” – S.A.S. on LBC Radio w/ Katie Hopkins

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Mr Singh founded the Sikh Awareness Society to encourage Sikh families to act against sexual abuse.

And he said that political correctness had let the gangs succeed.

He told Katie: “I think it is due to political correctness, but it’s also down to nobody wants to be called a racist. Nobody wants to call a spade a spade. Nobody really grabbing the bull by the horns and saying “No, abuse is abuse”.

“But they don’t want to be labeled that we’re after one community, we’re targeting one community.

“We can can see all the reports coming out Rotherham, the failings of the police, the failings of the local councillors.

“The whole system failed and that’s what’s been happening for the last 30 years. And it is PC. People are just too too afraid to, you know, just too afraid to speak the truth.”

46 Should street grooming be framed as a Muslim problem? DEBATE – BBC Newsnight

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British Muslim Youth founder Muhbeen Hussain, anti-extremism campaigner Anira Khokhar, journalist Saba Zaman and filmmaker Mobeen Azhar debate the problem of street grooming in the UK with Evan Davis.
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47 Rotherham abuse scandal: Calls for more accountability after IOPC report

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One thousand four hundred girls were abused, trafficked and groomed in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
But not one police officer, past or present, lost their job – despite more than 200 allegations of police failures.
Today victims and survivors responded angrily to the publication of a report by the police watchdog into what went wrong, because – they say – the investigation, which took eight years and cost £6 million, hasn’t held anyone fully accountable.

48 Why are UK authorities ignoring honour killings?

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Forced Marriages: Arranged marriages causing a wave of unreported violence

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There are 8 to 10 thousand forced marriages in the UK every year. As authorities are accused of taking ‘honour’ crimes too lightly, girls who resist or refuse a marriage can face abuse, torture, even death.

“We have kidnappings, abductions, sexual offences. Anything that you can imagine could happen does happen in the name of honour”, Nazir Afzal, the Chief Prosecutor for Northwest England, tells us. Shafilia Ahmed simply wanted to be a lawyer and to make her own relationship choices. But her parents judged the 17-year-old’s aspirations to be shameful to the family, so they killed her and made their other children watch the consequences of perceived dishonour. In the multi-cultural corners of the United Kingdom law enforcement authorities are struggling to address the problem. Police, in particular, have been accused of not taking honour crime seriously, ignoring clear warning signs and pleas for help. Detective Constable Palbinder Singh says part of the problem is being too culturally sensitive. “It’s a ruse. We won’t interfere with that family, it’s their culture. Well hang on a minute, crimes are being committed, people’s lives are being destroyed, people’s freedoms are being suppressed.”

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