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Witchcraft Child Abuse: Social Services and Police 'Cowed By Political Correctness' Claims Minister

World  (tags: children, humanrights, crime, torture, child abuse )

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Political correctness' is preventing police from stopping child abuse by parents and church leaders who believe in witchcraft, a minister warns.


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Azaima A (207)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 4:03 am

Barbara K (61)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 5:01 am
Sometimes Political Correctness is not correct at all. They need to do their jobs and protect those children.

Hilary S (65)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 5:08 am
there seems to be a pattern of growing confusion about who in the community needs protection. i wonder if this is partly a product of politicians seeking to protect large corporations which happen to bankroll them, over people further down the line who may be suffering at the hands of those corporations.
the tobacco & pharmaceutical lobbies spring to mind, but there are others.

Wednesday August 15, 2012, 5:55 am
Years of Social Engineering in Britain has at many levels, put the British in an untenable place. Their history and culture and background has been expertly rubbished along with their traditional values leaving an intentional vacuum that politicians, their parties and other power players squabble to fill. In this uncertainty the protection of people from cruelty is superseded by the need to avoid at all costs, professional suicide. In today’s Britain doing nothing other than shuffling papers is infinitely safer than doing something positive and risking being associated with words like racism, intolerance or non-inclusivity from our Social Engineers.

Patricia E G (52)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 6:00 am
As strange as it may's not so strange. Witchcraft and the dark crafts are practised around the world. In this country, built on Godly beliefs it must be restrained. To protect the children the law must be enforced and the perpertrators imprisoned. Leave that voodoo and black magic in the uncivilized worlds where it came. Thank you for the post Stan.

monica r (41)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 6:29 am
It's a sad state of affairs where the human rights and well-being of children are seen as less important than "not offending" those who are committing the abuses. We saw this also with the so-called "Asians" grooming girls for sexual exploitation in the UK. Nobody wanted to say it was specifically muslim immigrants from a certain country (not Koreans or Chinese as "Asian" might imply). As a result, this went on for years and girls were victimized who would have been spared. Instead we chose to spare an ethnic minority's pride. Why does not offending a guilty party matter more than young girls being brutally raped night after night, at times by as many as 20 different men? Does nobody find THAT offensive? I guess not offensive enough to get us to tell the truth about it.

PC will be the death of western civilization, because PC is the enemy of truth telling, and the enemy of true equality.

Tommy S (11)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 9:32 am
Just another puff piece

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 9:57 am

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 9:57 am

This same cruel practice is in the United States, only here is perverted into following the words of Jesus. Therefore, children are savagely beaten, often to death, because stupid parents or worse "foster parents" make the choice to believe in this corrupted idea of love. This has been going on in many countries in Africa, and authorities there seem all but helpless to combat these deeply held belief systems. There is nothing "politically correct" about any "religious" practice that allows for the beating and possible killing of children. There is a line crossed here, a line which the state cross and must take action to protect children from the horrors of mistreatment.

Beatrice B (112)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 10:54 am
The government has announced plans to tackle the "wall of silence" around the abuse and neglect of children accused of witchcraft, following the brutal murder of Kristy Bamu, who was tortured to death in London in 2010 by his sister and her partner after they said he was a witch.

Key charities say many cases of "ritual abuse" are under the radar and that the belief in witchcraft is on the increase in the UK.

Under the new plans, the government aims to identify and prosecute more offenders by raising awareness of faith-based abuse and its links to trafficking, missing children and sexual exploitation or grooming. The goal is also to help the victims give evidence.

Tim Loughton, the children's minister, said: "Child abuse is appalling and unacceptable wherever it occurs and in whatever form it takes. Abuse linked to faith or belief in spirits, witchcraft or possession is a horrific crime, condemned by people of all cultures, communities and faiths – but there has been a wall of silence around its scale and extent.

"It is not our job to challenge people's beliefs but it is our job to protect children. There can never be a blind eye turned to violence or emotional abuse or even the smallest risk that religious beliefs will lead to young people being harmed."

Kristy Bamu was 15 when he arrived in London from his home in Paris to visit his sister and her boyfriend for Christmas. Eric Bikubi, the man he referred to as his uncle, became fixated with the idea that he was practising kindoki or witchcraft. With increasing violence, Bikubi, 28 when he came to trial, tried to "exorcise demons" from the child.

During the torture, described during the trial this year as a "staggering act of depravity and cruelty", the 15-year-old was deprived of water and sleep, and punched and kicked repeatedly. Floor tiles were smashed over his head and his teeth were hit out with a hammer.

The trial followed the case of child B – an eight-year-old Angolan girl who was beaten and cut, and had chilli rubbed into her eyes after being accused of being a witch in 2003 – and that of eight-year-old Victoria Climbié murdered by her guardians 12 years ago.

Despite low reported figures of ritualised abuse, police have warned that the crime is "hidden and under-reported".

Under plans drawn up in the national action plan to tackle child abuse linked to faith or belief, police, social workers and others who come into contact with potentially abused children will get more training. It recommends that children should have better access to therapy and emotional support after abuse.

Drawn up with faith leaders, charities and the Metropolitan police, the plan urges local communities and churches to work more closely together to prevent abuse.

Loughton said: "There has been only very gradual progress in understanding the issues over the last few years – either because community leaders have been reluctant to challenge beliefs which risk leading to real abuse in their midst; or because authorities misunderstand the causes or are cowed by political correctness.

"This plan will help people recognise and know how to act on evidence, concerns and signs that a child's health and safety is being threatened."

The research is limited and there are few official statistics concerning the abuse of children accused of witchcraft. In the past 10 years there have been 81 recorded police investigations in London of faith-based child abuse, while research commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills in 2006 analysed 38 cases involving 47 children, from Africa, south Asia and Europe, all of whom had been abused in the name of possession or witchcraft.

Research for the education department on child abuse linked to faith, based on previous findings, is expected by the end of the year.

Mor Dioum, director of the Victoria Climbié Foundation UK, welcomed the move to recognise faith-based child abuse. "By bringing the issue into the open … we can better protect and support members of our communities when they seek to highlight their concerns. However, we need to work more effectively with families to achieve better outcomes for children and young people affected by this type of abuse," he said.

Simon Bass, the chief executive of the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service, said a multi-layered approach was necessary to address the issue.

Pastor Jean Bosco Kanyemesha, representing the London Fire Church International, Peace International and Congolese Pastorship in the UK, said the government's move "was an adequate response to resolve issues troubling our local communities".

Debbie Ariyo, the director of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse, described the action plan as the first step taken by any government to seriously tackle ritualised child abuse, but said it was not going far enough. She called on the government to make it illegal to brand a child a witch.

"We would have liked to see the government go further but we believe this action plan will go a long way to encouraging voluntary agencies to take concrete steps to fight this type of abuse," she said.

pam w (139)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 11:38 am
Please go up & read what Kit has written....every word is correct! (Sorry I can't send you another star, Kit!)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 12:27 pm
Peopl may claim what they wish..but not at a child's expense.

. (0)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 1:09 pm
There is a very wide divide between religion and murder. In the south, "beating the devil" out of a child was not uncommon. Exorcism was also not an uncommon practice in this country up until about 80 years ago.
Religious fanatics need to be dealt with. This is not a church vs state issue; it has to do with people who have brought their bizarre beliefs to another country, and need to serve the consequences of the country they adopted.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 2:09 pm

I dunno about that Allan, it's not just that some outsiders have brought some strange beliefs. One of the head ministers of this African cult, comes to the the US, the UK and other European countries regularly to gather up donation money. He and his surrogates do rather well. Some might remember when "blessed Sarah Palin". If that's a blessing then I would rather be cursed. Within each country there some weird or strange religious practices, that are fully endemic to that country and their past history.

I have neighbor would not allow his daughter to read "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth Speare, simply because it had the word witch in the title. In my opinion ignorant censorship is another danger, one we pay little attention
to the end result. In this case, no it is not because of the lead character's name but rather, to open a child's mind is to allow for real education.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 6:40 pm
Thanks for all the interesting comments. When I hear about children getting abused by religious/political nuts of any denomination I feel really angry. In virtually all cases the abuse is only discovered after the event.
Political correctness needs to take a back seat to the child's well-being when it comes to children under threat.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 11:10 pm
Which just goes to prove what I have said many times before - we - as a species - have made little enlighened progress.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 3:52 am

Joy W (100)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 4:07 am
Noted, thanks.

S M (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 4:40 am
This from Bernard Cronyn pute well the root of our cracking society so it bears being repeated for more to see.- 'Years of Social Engineering in Britain has at many levels, put the British in an untenable place. Their history and culture and background has been expertly rubbished along with their traditional values leaving an intentional vacuum that politicians, their parties and other power players squabble to fill. In this uncertainty the protection of people from cruelty is superseded by the need to avoid at all costs, professional suicide. In today’s Britain doing nothing other than shuffling papers is infinitely safer than doing something positive and risking being associated with words like racism, intolerance or non-inclusivity from our Social Engineers.'

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 5:14 am
We have become far too PC in recent years. Everyone is terrified of doing or saying anything in case it is considered wrong.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 6:23 am
This is absurd. This is not a religion but a cult and should be stopped now!

Yvonne Taylor (37)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 12:23 pm
Witchcraft has many different sides, different meanings in different beliefs and religions. This couple was practice a from belief that is ignorant and cruel. Abuse is abuse no matter what beliefs or religion they come from and should be treated exactly about that, abuse....not beliefs or religion, it does not matter really what they believe in if they practice abuse. I worry that these people who will monitor the children will not see a broader picture of the term Witch Craft in regards to harassing and rights. There are many Pagan religions and beliefs that use the term Witch Craft that are not cruel , in fact very peaceful.

Frank Lornitzo (8)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 12:39 pm
The pictures you post with the to of article: Are these of victims or are they of perpetrators?

DORIS L (61)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 1:34 pm
Shared on facebook.

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 3:04 pm
ALL religions are the devil's favorite tool.

Christopher Fowler (82)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 5:47 pm
I thought that blaming irresponsible behavior on Witchcraft was over with back in the late 90's. Sadly, the church, in it's typical behavior of blaming the innocent for the behavior of people unrelated has seemed to not changed.

Witches DO NOT EVER condone the things that these people have been accused of. However, the church does have a long history of covering up the pedophiles and abusers in their own ranks.

Even Law Enforcement throughout the CIVILIZED world has learned to recognize the difference.

Joy M (168)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 6:12 pm
Sick, sick people, hope they go to HELL.. Noted

Glenville J Owen (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 6:51 pm
Doesn't anyone practice the peaceful teaching of Christ Jesus any more. There is nothing in it about revenge, just the opposite, a message of peace and love from the Master of us all, urging us to unite with the Christ within ourselves.

Stan B (123)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 8:05 pm
Frank. They are the perpetrators. Their victim was a 15 year old boy. Take a look at the link.

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:02 am
Not a shock: It's amazing what can happen when the justice-system is not independent of politics. In Britain, after the police were used to handle the IRA and other such politically charged trouble, they had to start playing politics in order to keep the cooperation of the masses, which they need in order to function. After that, it was a slippery slope. That's one more reason why I think that politically-charged violence, especially when intended as an attack against the state, should always be treated as rebellion and handled by the military as a civil war (though hopefully a tiny one that can be ended very quickly), not a police-matter nor even a military police-action.

Nancy C (806)
Friday August 17, 2012, 1:34 pm
Murder in the name of any religion is an excuse for evil whether that is the intention or not. PC is political. The powers that be in many of these situations are taking a cowardly stance in cement shoes to keep calm waters around their precious positions. Justice in the name of law becomes neglected.
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