The BBC reports here …
Britain’s madrassas have faced more than 400 allegations of physical abuse in the past three years
Now this brings up a few additional points
- We are dealing with young children here, in some instance six years old
- Its the tip of the iceberg.
Within Muslim communities there is a considerable reluctance to involve outsiders, and since only 400 official complaints have been raised, you can be darn sure there is a lot more … thats not just my opinion, that the view of senior prosecutor.
Its shocking stuff …
BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 asked more than 200 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales how many allegations of physical and sexual abuse had come to light in the past three years.
One hundred and ninety-one of them agreed to provide information, disclosing a total of 421 cases of physical abuse. But only 10 of those cases went to court, and the BBC was only able to identify two that led to convictions.
The councils also disclosed 30 allegations of sexual abuse in the Islamic supplementary schools over the past three years, which led to four prosecutions but only one conviction.
The offender in that case was Mohammed Hanif Khan, an imam from Stoke-on-Trent who was imprisoned for 16 years in March this year for raping a 12-year-old boy and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old.
Some local authorities said community pressure had led families to withdraw complaints.
Nazir Afzal, the chief crown prosecutor for the North West of England, said he believed the BBC’s figures represented “a significant underestimate”.
- The BBC Report on this is here.
- The BBC File-on-4 podcast on this can also be found here. (dated 18 October at 20:00)