A leading Imam has said the establishment can't be afraid to faces racist allegations when dealing with serious crimes, following the jailing of the Northumbria sex gang earlier this week.
Taj Hargey was speaking to talkRADIO after the MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, gave an interview to the BBC, where she said people care more about being called racist than potentially being wrong about child sexual abuse.
A total of 18 people, almost all of them Asian, were jailed on Wednesday (Auugst 9) for offences relating to a grooming network. Champion insisted Pakistani men were involved in such cases "time and time and time again" and we can't be scared of addressing "cultural issues" when handling similar cases in future.
Dr Taj Hargey, the director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford and a practising Imam, echoed this statement, telling Julia Hartley-Brewer: "They [the authorities] have been bound by what they perceive to be political correctness and want to say nothing.
"The authorities need to buck up and take action and stop being cowed by racist accusations. This racist thing is a typical way of shutting down debate in this country.
"A crime is a crime. It doesn’t matter who the victim or perpetrators are."