This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Federation backs abuse prison terms
The Leicestershire Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO) has welcomed lengthy sentences imposed on seven men for their part in the sexual exploitation of children in Oxford.
FMO Spokesperson Suleman Nagdi said: "This is a truly awful and appalling case and it is a relief that the perpetrators of this heinous crime have been brought to justice."
He said: "The physical, mental and psychological abuse of children is totally abhorrent and must be condemned whenever and wherever it occurs.
"All communities, irrespective of faith, hold dear the value of children as a great blessing, which must always be protected and cherished.
"Any individual, or group, which commits any act of abuse against children must be condemned and brought to justice."
He said an important part of the FMO's work was Madrassah Safeguarding Project, run with the local authority, police and the NSPCC, to safeguard children in supplementary schools.