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12 Muslim men are jailed for 143 years for gang-raping a 13-year-old white girl

A Muslim councillor has admitted that some feel as though ‘it takes two to tango’ as 12 men were jailed for gang-raping a 13-year-old white girl in West Yorkshire.

The gang of men from Pakistani origin were jailed for a total of 143 years at Bradford Crown Court today, for 13 months of horrendous abuse of the British white girl in 2011 and 2012.

However, the Councillor for Keighley Central, where the abuse took place, has admitted that some members of the community felt ‘it takes two to tango’ and that the girl may have ‘played her part’.

Khalid Mahood, 34, was given an extended sentence of 17 years  Saqib Younis (right), 29, from Keighley jailed for 13 years at bradford crown court

Khalid Mahood (left), 34, was given an extended sentence of 17 years and Saqib Younis (right), 29, from Keighley jailed for 13 years at Bradford Crown Court

Faisal Khan, 27, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years at Bradford Crown Court   Sufyan Ziarab, 22, from Keighley, Yorkshire, for 15 years

 Faisal Khan (left), 27, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years at Bradford Crown Court and Sufyan Ziarab (right), 22, from Keighley, Yorkshire, for 15 years

Tanqueer Hussain, 23, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years and received a five year consecutive sentence for the rape of a second underage victim  Bilal Ziarab, 21, from Bradford,West Yorks., was jailed for 12 years

Zafar Ali, who has been a member of the Keighley Mosque for decades believes that some of the men may have attended in the past, but said the Muslim community totally condemn their actions.

He told MailOnline: ‘Everyone now believes that justice has been done, we need to move forward and it is a lesson for the whole Muslim community.

‘There are a few bad apples but this does not represent the Muslim community as a whole and any sensible Muslim totally condemns these actions.’

Eleven of the men were today jailed for rape and a twelfth man was jailed for sexual activity with a child under 16 today at Bradford Crown Court, but the ringleader has fled to Bangladesh.

After the sentencing, Kris Hopkins, Conservative MP for Keighley spoke out against the ‘sick model of organised groups of Asian men grooming young white girls’, but said there are more women out there who need justice.

He said the sentenced were vindication for controversial comments he made during a parliamentary debate in 2012, claiming that organised groups of Asian men were ‘going around raping white girls’.

However, he claims that even today he has been ‘lambasted’ for even mentioning that the men are Asian when talking about the sentences.

He told MailOnline: ‘There are sexual offenders who are white, but the fact is this particular model is all Asian men and all the victims were white.

‘I was attacked in 2012 and today, when these men were convicted, the community was silent. You have to ask yourself why these men get away with this behaviour.

‘There is broader issues around the way women are treated in that community, there are hundreds if not thousands of women who live behind that door and have no voice.’

In a Commons speech three years ago, Mr Hopkins caused controversy three years ago when he suggested Muslim men were ‘fundamentally’ sexist towards women.

Yasser Kabir, 25, from Keighley was jailed for 15 years  Nasir Khan, 22, from Keighley, was jailed for 13 years

Mohammed Akram, 63, was jailed for five years for rape at Bradford Crown Court  Hussain Sardar, 19, from Keighley received six years detention in a young offenders institution

Israr Ali, 19, from Keighley, received three and a half years detention in a young offenders institute  Zain Ali, 20, from Keighley, received eight years in a young defenders institute