`Pakistani men view white girls as fair game`

Nine men, eight of whom were of Pakistani origin, were jailed in the Rochdale sexual abuse case involving young girls.

Last Updated: May 19, 2012, 12:55 PM IST

London: British solicitor Baroness Warsi has said that a "small minority" of Pakistani men see white girls as "fair game".

“There is a small minority of Pakistani men who believe that white girls are fair game. And we have to be prepared to say that. You can only start solving a problem if you acknowledge it first,” The BBC quoted Warsi, as saying.

Warsi, who is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants made her comments following the jailing of nine men, eight of whom were of Pakistani origin, in the Rochdale sexual abuse case involving young girls.

“This small minority who see women as second class citizens, and white women probably as third class citizens, are to be spoken out against,” said Warsi, who co-chairs the Conservative party in the UK.

Earlier in May, the accused men were found guilty of a number of offences including rape and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, after exploiting vulnerable girls as young as 13.

Warsi stressed that it was important for communities to take responsibility for condemning this kind of behaviour.

“Communities have a responsibility to stand up and say, `This is wrong, this will not be tolerated`,” she added.

ANI