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Islamic groups have dodged scrutiny by the Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse

Islamic groups have dodged scrutiny by the Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse

Country: 
Australia
News Date: 
03/04/2017
Sharia Watch
Summary: 

Islamic organisations have dodged scrutiny by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which has spent four years probing numerous religious organisations but made no inquiries into Islam.

, now in its fourth year, has diligently investigated , Anglicans, Pentecostals, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witnesses and obscure cults — along with sporting groups and the entertainment industry.

But it has published no information on sexual abuses against children within Islam, the third largest religion in Australia, raising questions as to whether the commission, which has proactively investigated even small religious sects, has failed Islamic children.

Lawyer , who has represented 15 survivors of Christian institutions, recently wrote to the commission asking if it had looked at abuse from within Islam, particularly relating to forced child marriage, female genital mutilation and child sex.

“All groups ,” said Mr Kelso, who got no answers from the commission but argues it should give a balanced picture of faith-based abuse.