UK Muslim leaders decry sex crimes against kids

Muslim leaders in the UK have unilaterally condemned sexual grooming, the practice of cultivating a relationship with a child to sexually exploit him or her. Leaders across the nation read a sermon Friday morning drawing attention to the Koran's call to protect the innocent, and they urged Muslims to speak out if they see inappropriate behavior. Sexual abuse is a hot-button topic right now; Thursday, a child sex ring , made up of seven Muslim men, was arrested in Oxford. In response, Muslim leaders have sprung into action. "We have been horrified by the details that have emerged from recent court cases and, as Muslims, we feel a natural responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime," said Ansar Ali, a Muslim spokesman for TAG, an NGO that focuses on stamping out sexual grooming.

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June 28, 2013 2:01 PM