Child Sexual Exploitation: Grooming Gangs - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:53 pm on 13th March 2018.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP 2:53 pm, 13th March 2018

My Lords, I fear that reply is shamefully inadequate, because these girls are usually raped several times a day. If we accept the views of our lead police officer for child protection, of Rotherham’s MP and of the recent Jay and Quilliam reports, we are looking at millions of rapes of white and Sikh girls by Muslim men, only 222 of whom have been convicted since 2005. Will the Government ask our Muslim leaders whether the perpetrators can claim that their behaviour is sanctioned in the Koran, and to issue a fatwa against it? Secondly, will the Government encourage a national debate about the various interpretations of Islam? Can we talk about Islam without being accused of hate crime?