—On 29th May 2012 the Sikh community protested in Luton after a Punjabi girl from a Sikh background was allegedly raped by a young British born Pakistani Muslim man.
Anan Majid Basharat has now been charged with 3 accounts of rape and one account of ABH. He is due to appear in Luton Crown Court in December for a plea and case management hearing.
The violence and harassment prior, and the barbarity of the rape ordeal were on a sadistic level.
It left members of the local community shocked and shaken. The anger turned towards the Police, who were made aware of the increasing level of intimidation by Basharat, but failed to acknowledge the tell tale signs, especially considering his criminal record.
The Sikh community feels this horrific ordeal was preventable if the Police had taken action to concerns raised by the victim’s family. The Sikh Awareness Society has have been working with victims of grooming, both under 16 and over 16 for over a decade. There is a highly organised element working in networks across towns and cities, engaging in what initially seem like “conventional” relationships, but have the long term aim of serious exploitation and abuse.
The trend clearly points towards racially motivated sexual exploitation. All Gurdwaras and Panthik organisations are urged to run regular awareness campaigns highlighting these dangers.