Barely a week after a report said Muslims in jail in India make a percentage of total inmates far greater than the community's share in the Indian population, a study has found that 18% of prison inmates in the United Kingdom are Muslims, the highest after Christian prisoners behind the bars while the Muslim population in the country is a mere 4% of the total people living in the country. The report was tabled in the House of Commons.
The report says there are 13,724 Muslims residing in England and Wales. “The proportion of Muslim prisoners has increased from 8% in 2002 to 18% in 2021,” the report reads.
Unlike the report on India by The Hindu (newspaper and website), however, the one tabled in the British parliament does not suggest stupidly that members of a given community commit crimes in the proportion of their share in the demography and, therefore, the higher number of Muslims in jail indicates some kind of persecution of the community by the Indian state. The British report states clearly that there has been a remarkable increase in the number of criminal activities by Muslims in the UK.
The study observes that 329 Hindus from England and Wales are in jail while the community has a 2% share in the general population. Percentage-wise, 329 out of 78,324 prison inmates is a mere 0.42%. No one from among the Hindus has been prosecuted or sentenced.
Sikh and Jewish share of the general population in the UK is 1%. The prison population of these two communities is the same in England and Wales.
Buddhists' share of the general population in the UK is 1% and the prison population of the community is 2%.
In Scotland, Muslim prisoners accounted for 4.4%, meanwhile, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Hindu and other religions together account for 2.7% of the religious prison population.
Muslims involved in criminal activities in the UK
The country is observing Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on 19 September. UK police officers have quizzed Muslim men convicted under terrorism legislation and have urged them to avoid central London during today’s procession.
Cage, a human rights advocacy group, says Greater London’s Metropolitan Police counterterrorism command (SO15) called or visited at least half a dozen men convicted for non-violent offences under the Terrorism Act last week over their plans on the day of the queen’s funeral.
Jihadi terror in the UK
The report assumes extra significance amid Muslim attacks on Hindus in Leicester, with temples vandalised and a saffron flag desecrated by Muslim fanatics over the weekend. The rampaging Muslims even tried to keep Hindus hostage including children. The mobs damaged Hindu-owned houses and cars.
The violence erupted on 17 September in the evening after a group of men staged an "unplanned protest" (police's words).
Muslim gangs vandalised and terrorised Hindus in Leicester after India defeated Pakistan in the 28 August T20 match of the Asia Cup.
Videos of Muslim gangs escalating attacks and atrocities on Hindus were shared on social media.
Leicestershire Police said the department was treating chants made by the men and related violence as "hate crimes". Police have put in place special stop and search and dispersing measures in neighbourhoods of Belgrave, Rushey Mead and Spinney Hills, among others.
Muslim man chants ‘Allahu Akbar’, stabs police officers in Leicester Square
Police have charged Mohammed Rahman, a 24-year-old Muslim man, with the stabbing of two police officers in Leicester Square on Friday, 16 September. He is accused of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
A police officer suffered “life-changing” injuries to her arm. Another officer suffered neck wounds but is expected to recover fully.