Hate Crime Against Musliam
There is a real concern with the increasing number of hate crimes against Muslims and Islam in the UK and the open day provided an opportunity to understand the Islamic faith from our perspective. For most non-Muslims, the only Islamic education they receive through the media alone. Putting on this event was a key priority for us I engaging with the wider public”
Muslim communities’ barriers to reporting Islamophobic incidents to the MPS
The focus groups expressed a lack of confidence to approach the police because the process and institution were daunting in a cultural sense.
For some, there was an actual, functional limitation on the ability to communicate in English, especially about issues which were difficult to express either conceptually or emotionally.
The groups felt that it was unlikely that the police would be able to identify the perpetrators or take any action and this meant that victims would not report to the police.
The groups felt that some people would not even recognise that an ‘incident’ had taken place or wouldn’t think that an incident was serious enough to report and it would simply be seen as wasting police time.
It was felt that some community members would wish to avoid trouble and any potential future ‘comeback’ by the perpetrator and so would not contact the police.
In particular, the older person’s group felt that the police actually ‘took the opposite side’ and had sympathy with the perpetrators of racist and Islamophobic crime.