Some Pakistani men consider white women as “fair game,” said Conservative party co-chairman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.
According to a report by The Guardian, Warsi urged Muslim leaders to take steps against men who regard white women as “third-class citizens.”
Earlier last week, nine Muslim men, mainly of Pakistani origin, were found guilty of abusing young girls for sexual gains.
The men were convicted at Liverpool Crown Court for a range of offences including trafficking within the UK, rape, sexual assault and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child. They were part of a gang who had groomed vulnerable young girls in and around Rochdale, Greater Manchester. They were given prison sentences ranging from 4 to 19 years.
Police played down any racial connection, however, Warsi believes otherwise.
The report quoted her saying: “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.”
“This small minority who see women as second-class citizens, and white women probably as third-class citizens, are to be spoken out against,” she added.
Calling for action against such mindset on community level, Warsi said that “in mosque after mosque, this should be raised as an issue so that anybody remotely involved should start to feel that the community is turning on them.”
“Communities have a responsibility to stand up and say: ‘This is wrong, this will not be tolerated’.”