Four women suing Rotherham Council over child sex abuse claims

Vulnerable girl, 14, made pregnant by violent criminal, 24, sues council for ‘failing to protect her’ after social services claimed they had no power to stop sex abuse

  • Married father-of-two Arshid Hussain allegedly groomed dozens of girls with the full knowledge of the authorities
  • ‘Jessica’ was just one of around a dozen girls who believed he was their boyfriend
  • Police found the teenager hiding, half-naked under Hussain’s bed but arrested her and let him go
  • With permission of the authorities he was allowed to collect her from foster care and even attend doctor appointments with her
  • Today Deputy Leader of the Council Jahngier Akhtar, who is related to Hussain, resigned over allegations that he helped the coverup

‘Jessica’, a girl of 14, claims that she was sexually abused by a violent criminal but the authorities did not intervene

The girl, known only as ‘Jessica’ claims she was abused daily by a 24-year-old man after social services failed to accept that she was a victim grooming.

On one ocassion married father-of-two Arshid Hussain was even caught with the half naked schoolgirl under his bed but shocking documents released today reveal that police arrested her and let him go.

Now ‘Jessica’ is one four women suing Rotherham council over ‘systematic failures’ to protect them from ‘sexual abuse by predatory men when they were children’ according to their lawyers.

South Yorkshire solicitors Switalskis said they are working on behalf of the women who want to take legal action against the council because of the abuse they suffered.

Today in a stunning development Rotherham Council confirmed that Deputy Leader of council and vice chair of the police and crime panel Councillor Jahngier Akhtar has stepped down over allegations that he knew about the relationship.

The Times alleges that at the time Mr Akhtar, who is related to Hussain, not only knew about his relationship with a child but also that he set up a ‘deal under which a violent offender (Hussain) agreed to hand a missing child to police after being assured that he would not be detained’.

Daily Mail 23/08/13


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