Judge slams council after three Muslim children were ‘fed bacon sandwiches while in foster care’ – The SunNovember 10, 2019
MUSLIM children were fed bacon sandwiches when they were taken into foster care, a court has heard.
The three siblings — all under 16 — were removed from their parents over concerns about domestic violence in the family home.
They were placed with non-Muslim foster carers who gave them bacon sandwiches and bacon and eggs for breakfast.
One of the children also ate a hot dog at a fair.
Their carers allegedly told them: “If we make bacon, you eat it.”
The father accused the council in Yorkshire of “playing God” with his children by ignoring their Islamic faith. And Judge Angela Finnerty said she “shared the abhorrence of the parents”.
The children’s care has been at the centre of a four-year battle after the father was accused of being violent and abusive towards their mother.
He told the judge: “One matter that sits terribly with me is that they have been feeding my children bacon. You yourself told them not to feed my children pork products.”
The mother added: “I have never used my culture throughout all these proceedings but there is a limit to my patience.”
She also told a social worker the council “don’t like Muslims, they don’t want Muslim kids to be raised as Muslims by Muslim parents”.
The foster parents said the children were Westernised and had turned their backs on religion.
But Judge Finnerty told a court in York it might be because of “their cultural and religious needs not having been sufficiently nurtured in foster care”.
She ruled that one child could be returned to the mother but the others must remain in foster care.
Mohammed Shafiq, of the Ramadhan Foundation, said: “There should be a public apology not just to the family but to the community as well.”
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