LONDON: A sermon condemning the sexual grooming of young girls was delivered Friday at 500 mosques across Britain after a series of trials in which men predominantly of South Asian origin were convicted.
The speech highlighted how the Koran condemns all forms of sexual indecency and urged Muslims to protect children and vulnerable people in their communities.
The move follows cases in Oxford, the central English town of Telford, and Rochdale in northwest England, involving Asian men convicted of sexually abusing girls, although police chiefs have stressed that grooming is not restricted to a single ethnic or religious group.
On Thursday, seven members of a pedophile ring who forced often vulnerable girls in the university city of Oxford to have sex were jailed, five of them for life.
Five of the gang were of Pakistani origin and two were of African origin.
The sermon was organized by the not-for-profit…
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