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Baroness Sayeed Warsi – File photo by AFP
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi – File photo by AFP

KARACHI: British minister and co-chairman of the Conservatives Party Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has said that a small minority of Pakistani men believe that white women “are a fair game.”

Warsi’s comments follow the sentencing of nine men (eight of Pakistani origin) for plying white girls, as young as 13, with alcohol and drugs so they could be used for sex.

“There is a small minority of Pakistani men who believe that white girls are fair game. And we have to be prepared to say that. You can only start solving a problem if you acknowledge it first,” the Baroness was quoted as saying by reports in British media.

UK’s first female Muslim minister said religious leaders must isolate such men who treat white women as “third-rate citizens.”

“In mosque after mosque, this should be raised as an issue so that anybody remotely involved should start to feel that the community is turning on them,” she said.

Following the case, the Greater Manchester police did not highlight race as one of the major factors in the crime but Warsi insisted that “cultural sensitivity should never be a bar to applying the law.”