- Pakistani men who see white women as ‘third class citizens’ need to be ‘isolated’ by their communities
- ‘Cultural sensitivity should never be a bar to applying the law,’ senior Muslim politician said
- Comments clash with Labour MP Keith Vaz and police who say race was not an issue in Asian men’s child sex grooming ring
PUBLISHED: 09:47 EST, 18 May 2012 | UPDATED: 10:14 EST, 18 May 2012
Muslim cabinet minister Baroness Warsi said race was a factor in the abuse of young white girls by Pakistani men
Muslim cabinet minister Baroness Warsi today dramatically hit out at the ‘small minority’ of Pakistani men who see white girls as ‘fair game’ for sexual abuse.
In comments following the Rochdale grooming scandal involving nine Muslim men, the Conservative Party co-chairman admitted that race was a factor.
She urged Muslim leaders to address the issue and ensure that men who regard white women as ‘third class citizens’ are isolated by their communities.
Nine Muslim men, mainly of Pakistani origin, were found guilty last week of plying girls as young as 13 with drink and drugs so they could ‘pass them around’ and use them for sex.
After the trial, Greater Manchester Police sought to play down suggestions of any racial element to the case, as did Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the home affairs select committee.
But Lady Warsi, who grew up in a Pakistani community in Yorkshire, told London’s Evening Standard newspaper: ‘There is a small minority of Pakistani men who believe that white girls are fair game.
‘And we have to be prepared to say that. You can only start solving a problem if you acknowledge it first.