Sikh television program encouraged grooming victims to take vigilante action against Muslim rape gangs

A Sikh cable television channel has been accused of encouraging victims of grooming to take justice into their own hands and rely on vigilante violence rather than the police.

Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, said it had received a complaint that a drama broadcast on the Birmingham-based Sikh Channel had “advocated retaliatory violence as acceptable”.

The complaint concerned a 50-minute drama produced by Sikh Youth UK telling the story of a young female Sikh student groomed by a Muslim man called Abdul, the Birmingham Mail reported.

Ofcom said in a letter to the channel that the film broadcast on May 20 suggested sexual assaults against Sikhs should not be reported to the police “but rather should be referred to the Sikh community for action.”