Once again, it must be said. The values imparted by a particular culture/faith/religious system etc. are what determines the actions of a people. The fact this couple people felt what they did was OK as well as so very many similar stories about Muslims throughout the world is not an isolated case. These are not exceptions. While there may not be enough of them to claim it is the rule in the usual sense, it still begs the question as to what extent Islam itself creates a climate where this is just fine for so many.
Last updated at 5:00 PM on 9th February 2012
A deaf 10-year-old girl was trafficked into the UK, repeatedly raped, kept in a cellar and treated as a virtual slave for almost a decade, a court heard today.
The orphaned youngster from Pakistan, who is profoundly deaf and has no speech, was locked in a cellar each night where she would sleep on a concrete floor and by day was forced to work for no money and was sexually assaulted, Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester was told.
Her alleged abusers were Ilyas Ashar, 83, and his wife, Tallat Ashar, 66, who deny charges of false imprisonment, human trafficking, sexual offences, violence and benefit fraud.
Ilyas (left) and Tallat (right) Ahsar deny charges of false imprisonment, human trafficking, sexual offences, violence and benefit fraud
If their alleged victim displeased them she would be forced into their cellar where the girl would ‘sit there for hours crying and locked in’, the court heard.
They kept the girl, now aged between 19 and 21, at their home in Cromwell Road, Eccles in Salford, Greater Manchester, after bringing her into Britain from Pakistan in June 2000, Peter Cadwallader, prosecuting, told the jury.