Mohammed Shafiq

My cousins the Rotherham child abusers and the Asian men who share their twisted view of white girls

A brave and very personal denunciation by a British Pakistani of those in his community who defend grooming gangs

They raped countless girls, some as young as 11. They forced others into prostitution and lived the high life on the proceeds. And, in ordinary looking houses, on ordinary-looking streets in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, they shared vulnerable youngsters between them, indulging their depravity with a sickening arrogance.

It is a charge sheet that any decent person will find horrifying and abhorrent. But, to me, these disgusting crimes carry an all-too-personal significance. Because the men of whom I speak are, in fact, my second cousins.

Arshid Hussain, 40, along with his brothers Basharat, 39, and Bannaras, 36, were this week convicted of grooming and sexually exploiting young girls in their hometown of Rotherham. Yesterday, Arshid, the ringleader, was jailed for 35 years, while Basharat and Bannaras got 25 and 19 years respectively, for 50 offences against 14 girls, including multiple rapes and indecent assaults, abduction and false imprisonment.

  • ismiselemeas

    Hang on a second, does being a second cousin here make you a brother, uncle or a son? Or all at the same time? I’m so confused.

  • Not an Englishman

    A nation that is unwilling to hang such rapists is a nation unwilling to do much else of what it takes to survive. Civilization is a discipline a people must engage before it can be at all seriously a host of this kind of good Muslim cop bad Muslim cop theatre. Right now this is a joke.

  • ed

    he is the bbc`s must have lying paki muslim “taqqiyya ” artist [ed uk ]

  • Hktony

    Smoke screen– just take a look at how often the word muslim or islam is mentioned.
    This is a propaganda piece which says there are bad pakis but most are good.
    And most importantly this has no connection to muslims or islam.
    Fck all muslims and enough with there are good muslims shit. A muslim follows mo si how can this make you good in any way???