London - Members of Britain's Pakistani community have expressed outrage after an independent inquiry found that police and government agencies failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of Rotherham.

Muhbeen Hussain, founder of the Rotherham Muslim Youth Group, told the Daily Mirror on Wednesday that Muslims are disgusted that justice was not done. A report Tuesday said some 1,400 children were sexually exploited over a 16-year period, mostly by ethnic Pakistani men.

Hussain says “race, religion or political correctness should never provide a cloak of invisibility to such grotesque crimes.”

There are calls to oust Rotherham's police chief and others in positions of authority there after a report found that “collective failures” led to inaction in the town of 250,000.

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