A Tory MP accused some communities of importing ”barbaric and medieval” views about women into Britain while discussing the sentencing of an Asian teenager for rape.
David Davies, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has called for the Attorney General to review the three-year term imposed on Balal Khan, 14.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live on Wednesday the Monmouth MP said the case raised a ”wider question”.
”What is it about this young man’s upbringing, what about his community or his parental upbringing, that led him to think that women are second-class people whose rights can be trampled over like this?” he said.
”That is a very interesting question. And, you know, there are some sensitive issues here, but there do seem to be some people in some communities who don’t respect women’s rights at all and who – if I may say, without necessarily saying that this is the case on this occasion – who have imported into this country barbaric and medieval views about women and that is something that also needs to be addressed.”
The Conservative Party distanced itself from Mr Davies’s comments.
A spokesman said: ”These comments do not reflect the views of the party in any way.”
Khan was sentenced to three years in a young offenders institution at Stoke Crown Court after admitting raping and robbing a 20-year-old woman.
Peter Hain, the Welsh Secretary, said: ”I am appalled at this Conservative MP’s indiscriminate attack on whole communities in our tolerant society.
”This sort of inflammatory language from a leading Welsh Tory does nothing to help hardworking people in difficult times.
”We are trying to get along together the best we can – David Davies should be ashamed of himself.”