Remember the infuriating story of the white, Christian, five-year-old girl forced to live with Muslim foster carers who took away her Christian cross, encouraged her to learn Arabic, and told her European women were alcoholics?
After the girl was reported to be “very distressed” over the situation, a court finally took action.
The five-year-old was returned to her family yesterday and reunited with her grandmother after a Muslim judge insisted children needed “culturally matched placements”.
Judge Khatun Sapnara ruled it was in the child’s best interests to live with a family member who will meet her needs “in terms of ethnicity, culture and religion”. The judge also ordered Tower Hamlets council in East London to conduct an urgent investigation into the case, which she called “very concerning” and a matter of legitimate public interest.
A Tower Hamlets council spokesman claimed, “We are unable to comment on individual cases or those that are subject to court proceedings. Tower Hamlets Council’s fostering service provides a loving and stable home for hundreds of children every year, and in every case, we give absolute consideration to our children’s background and to their cultural identity.
“All our foster carers receive training and support from the council to ensure they are fully qualified to meet the needs of the children in their care.”
Local authority previously described how the little girl sobbed, begged not to be returned to her niqab-wearing carer’s home, telling a social worker: ‘They don’t speak English.’
When the child visited her mother, she told her the unconscionable things her foster parents had told her, including that “Christmas and Easter are stupid” and that “European women are stupid and alcoholic.” The girl was also not allowed to take back her favourite meal – spaghetti carbonara – because it contained bacon.