Sajid Javid defends the government’s right to deport convicted grooming gang members to Pakistan and stands by his ‘sick Asian paedophiles’ tweet
- Sajid Javid defended his right to highlight Asian background of grooming gangs
- In radio interview he said he was right to speak about ‘sick Asian paedophiles’
- He faced criticism for his tweet in October grooming gang were found guilty
- Today he said ignoring their ethnicity would give boost to extremists
Home Secretary Sajid Javid today defended his right to highlight the Pakistani Asian background of a grooming gangs.
In an interview on Radio 4 he insisted he was right to speak out about ‘sick Asian paedophiles’, arguing that ignoring their ethnicity would give a boost to extremists.
He also defended the Government’s decision to strip some members of the gang of their British citizenship.
Javid said it was his job was to keep the British public safe even if it meant offenders being sent to a country where they may face fewer checks on their actions.
Sajid Javid faced criticism over a Twitter message in October about ‘sick Asian paedophiles’
He faced criticism over a Twitter message in October.
After a group of 20 men in Huddersfield were found guilty of rape and the sexual abuse of girls, Mr Javid Tweeted: ‘These sick Asian paedophiles are finally facing justice.
‘For too long, they were ignored. Not on my watch. There will be no no-go areas.’
Speaking on the Today progamme, he said he took the Rochdale grooming scandal personally because it involved his home town and men who were from a Pakistani background like him.
Javid faced criticism over a Twitter message in October which he posted after a group of 20 men in Huddersfield were found guilty of rape and the sexual abuse of girls
He said: ‘I’m very much aware of the need for politicians to be careful with language as well as what they do.
‘When it comes to gang-based child exploitation it is self-evident to anyone who cares to look that if you look at all the recent high-profile cases there is a high proportion of men that are of Pakistani heritage.
‘There could be – and I’m not saying there are – some cultural reasons from the community that those men came from that could lead to this type of behaviour.
‘For me to rule something out just because it would be considered sensitive would be wrong.
‘If I had ignored it, or been seen to ignore, that is exactly what I think extremists would like to see in this country.
‘It would give them oxygen and I refuse to do that.’
In August, the Court of Appeal upheld a decision to strip three members of a Rochdale grooming gang of their British citizenship.
Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf were among nine men jailed in May 2012 after being found guilty of grooming and sexually exploiting a number of young girls.
Mr Javid also defended the government’s right to strip Pakistani child sex abusers of citizenship and force them to return to the country despite the lack of controls on paedophiles in Pakistan.
He said his responsibility was to citizens in the UK: ‘I’m the British Home Secretary. My job is to protect the British public and to do what I think is right to protect the British public.’
Asked if he was concerned that there was no sex offenders’ register in Pakistan to control the behaviour of groomers returned to the country, he replied: ‘My job is to protect the British public.’