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Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report

ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27:  A general view of the Police station in Rotherham, South Yorkshire  August 27, 2014 in Rotherham, England. A report released yesterday claims at least 1,400 children as young as 11 were sexually abused from 1997- 2013 in Rotherham Care Homes but no council staff will face disciplinary action.  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images) (Nigel Roddis, 2014 Getty Images)
Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal (Nigel Roddis, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/27 8:12 am

LONDON (AP) — Members of Britain's Pakistani community have expressed outrage after an independent inquiry found that police and government agencies failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of Rotherham.

Muhbeen Hussain, founder of the Rotherham Muslim Youth Group, told the Daily Mirror on Wednesday that Muslims are disgusted that justice was not done. A report Tuesday said some 1,400 children were sexually exploited over a 16-year period, mostly by ethnic Pakistani men.

Hussain says "race, religion or political correctness should never provide a cloak of invisibility to such grotesque crimes."

There are calls to oust Rotherham's police chief and others in positions of authority there after a report found that "collective failures" led to inaction in the town of 250,000.

 

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