Despite the image of the United Kingdom as working class pub-goers and the royal family, the country is one of the most diverse in the world. Immigrants from across the world come to the nation in order to begin anew, and unfortunately there are a great many religious and culture groups which are not only extreme in their beliefs and practices, but who also barely assimilate, if at all. One such example is the South Asian community, comprised of mainly Pakistani families.
The city of Rotherham’s scandal has rocked the entire region and country. Over the past several years details have come to light over a massive sexual exploitation ring, as well as a concerted decision by the country’s authorities to ignore what was taking place. The BBC published a short explainer on the scandal:
The issue of child sex abuse in Rotherham first came to light in November 2010 when five men from the town’s Asian community were jailed for sexual offences against underage girls.
But suspicions were already growing that the scale of the town’s problem was far more widespread.
Almost two years later, in September 2012, Andrew Norfolk, a journalist on The Times newspaper, published an investigation which revealed a confidential 2010 police report had warned thousands of such crimes were being committed in South Yorkshire each year by networks of Asian men.
The town’s former Labour MP, Denis MacShane, claimed police had kept the abuse secret from politicians.
“The Rotherham police exposed, arrested and broke up an evil gang of internal traffickers who were sent to prison,” he said.
“But it is clear the internal trafficking of barely pubescent girls is much more widespread.”
Compare this response to a serious and illegal violent act, which took years to come to light and only did because of intense media pressure, to that of the issue of Hasidic women driving in the United Kingdom. JTA News, a Jewish newswire service reports,
The United Kingdom launched an inquiry and condemned a Hasidic group in London for barring women from driving.
Last week, Belz rabbis in London issued a letter saying that female drivers violate “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and that children would be expelled from Belz schools if their mothers dropped them off by car.
On Friday, U.K. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan called the ban “completely unacceptable in modern Britain,” according to the Jewish Chronicle.
Got that? The country’s education secretary is on the case over the decision by a group of people who are extreme in their religious beliefs and practices in the country to restrict driving, which while deplorable to many in the modern world, is hardly glaringly illegal. The widespread and systematic abuse of children over the course of years? Ignored. What’s the difference? One group is Jewish, the other Pakistani Muslim.
The double standard is to be expected in a country where anti-Semitism is at record highs. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, to see officials in the country take the transgressions of each group of immigrants equally seriously?