Muslim inflexibility leads to crime

It is disingenuous, as Ahmed Versi does (Letters, 20 September), to attribute the relatively high crime rate among Muslims to racism. If racism were the main cause, one would expect the same for Hindus and Sikhs. But, according to figures released by the Home Office, this is not the case.

One reason may be that many Muslim parents continue to send their children back home before they reach the age of puberty. The idea is that a few years in an Islamic environment will make them less vulnerable to supposedly corrosive western influences. But when these children come back to Britain, they find it difficult to readjust to the new education system, and it is this that affects their academic achievement.

Randhir Singh Bains
Gants Hill, Essex

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