UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman slammed British-Pakistani men for sexually exploiting young, impressionable white girls. She said that Pakistani men are destroying UK’s culture by promoting their misogynistic values that stand in contradiction to the British culture.
Talking to Sky News, Braverman said that Pakistani men residing in the UK run grooming gangs throughout the country. She said the Pakistani men are involved in “pursuing, raping, drugging and harming vulnerable English girls.” Her comments about Pakistani men have been criticized as racist and stereotypical.
Braverman further said that Pakistani men promote their culture and values which are against British culture. She said that Pakistani men consider women as “inferior” and they want to promote this mindset in the UK as well.
Braverman also cited the 2014 report on child grooming in Rotherham and another report from 2015 by Louise Casey, both of which were “unflinching in their assessment of the problem” by ethnic grooming gangs.
“There have been several reports since about the predominance of certain ethnic groups and I say, British Pakistani males – who hold cultural values totally at odds with British values, who see women in a demeaned and illegitimate way and who pursue an outdated and frankly heinous approach in terms of the way they behave”, the Home Secretary said.
The minister’s comments were met with severe criticism online from members of her party, activist groups, and journalists. British-American Journalist Mehdi Hasan slammed Braverman in a tweet, saying: “Despite heavy competition, and despite her own ethnicity, Suella Braverman may be the most bigoted, cynical, and dangerous politician to emerge from the modern UK Conservative Party in many decades. This is vile and dishonest stuff.”
The Red Collective, a British-based activist group, condemned the home secretary’s comments and called her out for “demonizing” the non-white communities of the UK.