It takes two to tango’: As 12 Asian men are jailed for 140 years for gang-raping a 13-year-old white girl, Muslim councillor admits some in community still think SHE was partly to blame.
A Muslim councillor has admitted that some feel as though ‘it takes two to tango’ as 12 men were jailed for gang-raping a 13-year-old white girl in West Yorkshire.
The gang of men from Pakistani origin were jailed for a total of 143 years at Bradford Crown Court today, for 13 months of horrendous abuse of the British white girl in 2011 and 2012.
However, the Councillor for Keighley Central, where the abuse took place, has admitted that some members of the community felt ‘it takes two to tango’ and that the girl may have ‘played her part’.
Zafar Ali, who has been a member of the Keighley Mosque for decades believes that some of the men may have attended in the past, but said the Muslim community totally condemn their actions.
He told MailOnline: ‘Everyone now believes that justice has been done, we need to move forward and it is a lesson for the whole Muslim community.
‘There are a few bad apples but this does not represent the Muslim community as a whole and any sensible Muslim totally condemns these actions.’
Eleven of the men were today jailed for rape and a twelfth man was jailed for sexual activity with a child under 16 today at Bradford Crown Court, but the ringleader has fled to Bangladesh.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed that the men jailed were of Pakistani origin.
The sentences come as it emerged that:
Ringleader Ahmed Al-Choudhury who facilitated most of the offences is believed to now be living in Bangladesh after fleeing at the beginning of the investigation in 2012
Keighley MP Kris Hopkins spoke out about the ‘sick model’ of Asian sex gangs grooming vulnerable young girls for sex in West Yorkshire
Hopkins caused controversy in 2012 for claiming that Muslim men are ‘fundamentally racist’ and groups were ‘out raping white girls’ at that very moment
He claims he has today been ‘lambasted’ for mentioning that the men were Asian, but claims that there are more victims ‘who need justice’
Councillor Zafar Ali, Keighley Central, says the issue is ‘not confined’ to the Muslim community and the response should be ‘rational’
After the sentencing, Kris Hopkins, Conservative MP for Keighley spoke out against the ‘sick model of organised groups of Asian men grooming young white girls’, but said there are more women out there who need justice.
He said the sentenced were vindication for controversial comments he made during a parliamentary debate in 2012, claiming that organised groups of Asian men were ‘going around raping white girls’.
However, he claims that even today he has been ‘lambasted’ for even mentioning that the men are Asian when talking about the sentences.
He told MailOnline: ‘There are sexual offenders who are white, but the fact is this particular model is all Asian men and all the victims were white.
‘I was attacked in 2012 and today, when these men were convicted, the community was silent. You have to ask yourself why these men get away with this behaviour.
‘There is broader issues around the way women are treated in that community, there are hundreds if not thousands of women who live behind that door and have no voice.’
In a Commons speech three years ago, Mr Hopkins caused controversy three years ago when he suggested Muslim men were ‘fundamentally’ sexist towards women.
Arif Chowdhury, 20, allegedly left for Bangladesh during the investigation after he was arrested in 2012 in connection to the raping of the schoolgirl, Bradford crown court heard last year.
He is also accused of pimping her out to his contacts in Keighley when he was just 15.
Louise Blackwell QC described Chowdhury, a convicted drug dealer, as being ‘evil’ and violent.
A jury heard how Chowdhury first raped the girl, who cannot be named, behind a church when he was 15.
He had previously got to know her when she was 13 after persuading her to do drug runs in Keighley.
She had attempted to stop helping the drugdealer, revealing to police how he had racially abused her and then raped her.
Chowdhury subjected her to regular beatings and made her have sex with other men in a year-long ordeal.
He allegedly brought her to an underground car park to meet four teenage friends of Chowdhury before they raped her.
He warned that gangs of Asian men were at large in Keighley, raping white girls, in the debate which followed the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal.
Questions were asked after it emerged that between 1997 and 2013, there were various reports of sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men, but some were never made public or finalised.
However, Zafar Ali, who spent 21 years working for the government’s Racial Equality Council, said that it is unfair to ‘label the entire Muslim community’.
‘There are a few bad apples but that doesn’t mean to say everyone is bad. What they did is not Muslim and any sensible Muslim would condemn it.’
During the case, the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, said their behaviour throughout the trial was the worst he had seen in 40 years of legal practice.
Judge Roger Thomas QC condemned the ‘insolent and disrespectful behaviour’ the accused showed in court which he said reflected their treatment of their victim.
They showed her no shred of decency or humanity when as a vulnerable child she so needed care and understanding Judge Roger Thomas QC
He told them: ‘The attitudes of the majority of you have so clearly demonstrated to these proceedings has been contemptuous, disrespectful and arrogant on a scale that I have hardly seen before in many years of practice in criminal law.
‘Exactly the same attitude to the 13/14 year old girl who you all sexually abused and exploited for your own selfish gratification.’
He added: ‘None of these defendants had any concern for the victim.
‘They were totally uninterested in her welfare and what damage they were causing her.
‘The victim clearly demanded pity and understanding but their view of her was heartless and demeaning.
‘They saw her as a pathetic figure who had no worth and who served no purpose than to be an object that they could sexually misuse and cast aside.
‘They showed her no shred of decency or humanity when as a vulnerable child she so needed care and understanding.’
The court heard their victim now has post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression.