British PM vows to do everything in his power to fighrt sickening hate crims…AGAINST MUSLIMS
The Prime Minister vows to take action after a Birmingham study exposes attacks against British Muslims.
David Cameron has vowed to crack down on attacks against Muslims, as he launched new plans to fight extremism in Britain.
It comes after a Birmingham study revealed details of sickening hate crimes, including an incident when passengers on a train watched on as a Muslim woman was showered in alcohol in a violent assault.
For the first time, police will keep a record of the number of attacks or incidents of abuse aimed specifically at Muslims.
It will reveal the true scale of the problem and allow police and local councils to allocate resources where they are needed, Mr Cameron said.
And he also pledged to providing funding for security at faith buildings including mosques.
The number of religious hate crimes went up by 45 per cent in 2013/14, according to police figures
And a report this week by Birmingham City University criminologist Imran Awan highlighted the impact of anti-Muslim hate crime through in-depth interviews with victims.
The woman who had alcohol poured on her told researchers: “People were watching but they ignored it. No-one wanted to help,”
The study found many Muslims were reluctant to report incidents of abuse and often received little support from onlookers.
Another participant told researchers: “A man shouted to me and my Muslim friends, ‘You are terrorists, I’m gonna come to the back of the bus and stab you’.
“I told the bus driver and asked him to stop and call the police but he refused.”
And many Muslim women said they are removing their headscarves and men are shaving their beards in a bid to disguise their Islamic beliefs, because they feared being targeted in religious hate attacks.
The new drive by the Prime Minister to fight prejudice is part of a wider campaign against extremism.
The Government wants to fight racist and far-right groups as well as religious extremists, and to reassure British Muslims that it is on their side.
“Hate crime has no place in Britain”
Mr Cameron said: “I want this government to be as bold in delivering social reform as we have been in economic – and a big social problem we need to tackle to rebuild Britain as an even greater country is extremism.
“We all have a role to play in confronting extremism. That’s why I have invited important Muslim and non-Muslim figures to join the new Community Engagement Forum so I can hear directly about their work in our communities, the challenges they face and so that they can be part of our one nation strategy to defeat it.
“I want to build a national coalition to challenge and speak out against extremists and the poison they peddle. I want British Muslims to know we will back them to stand against those who spread hate and to counter the narrative which says Muslims do not feel British. And I want police to take more action against those who persecute others simply because of their religion.”
And Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Hate crime has no place in Britain and I am determined to make further progress to ensure we can eradicate this deplorable act.
“Working with police to provide a breakdown in religious based hate crime data will help forces to build community trust, target their resources and enable the public to hold them to account.”
A new Community Engagement Forum will include around representatives of different religions from across the country and is an opportunity
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