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Tory mp Imran Ahmad Khan Sentenced Sexual Assault, wife married pakistan

Former British politician gets 18 months in prison for sexual assault.

Prosecutors say that a 15-year-old boy told police about the attack in 2008, but he didn't do anything about it until he heard that Imran Ahmad Khan had been elected to Parliament in 2019.

Monday, a former British lawmaker was given 18 months in prison for sexually assaulting a teenager. This is one of several cases of sexual misconduct by members of Parliament that have brought back calls for change in the halls of Westminster, which have always been dominated by men.

Last month, Imran Ahmad Khan, a former Conservative lawmaker, was found guilty of trying to force a 15-year-old boy to drink alcohol before sexually assaulting him at a house in 2008, when Khan was 34.

The British MP for Wakefield, Imran Ahmad Khan, showed up last month at Southwark Crown Court in London.
The British MP for Wakefield, Imran Ahmad Khan, showed up last month at Southwark Crown Court in London.

The teenager told his parents right away about the attack, and the police were called. However, prosecutors say that the teenager decided not to pursue the case.

Years later, when the accuser saw that Mr. Khan had been elected as a member of Parliament in 2019, he decided to pursue the complaint because he was worried that Mr. Khan was not fit to serve in public office, prosecutors said.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the Crown Prosecution Service's Special Crime Division, said in a statement last month, "As is the case with many victims of sexual assault, the victim was too embarrassed at first to tell all the details of what had happened."

"In later interviews with the police, he was able to tell investigators more about what had happened," Ms. Ainslie said. "It took a lot of courage for the victim to come forward in 2008 and again in 2019." Mr. Khan had denied the allegations, calling them "shocking, destabilizing, and traumatic." He quit after being convicted, saying that he was going to appeal, but that the length of the legal process ahead made it "intolerable" for his constituents not to have a voice in Parliament.

Some people think that sexual misconduct and misogyny have been problems for a long time among members of Parliament, and Mr. Khan's case is just one of several that have come to light recently.

Neil Parish, a Conservative lawmaker, quit his job less than a month ago after admitting to watching porn twice while sitting on the green leather benches of the House of Commons with his colleagues.

The Sunday Times reported last month that an independent watchdog had been told about sexual misconduct claims against 56 lawmakers, including three cabinet ministers and two shadow cabinet ministers.

The Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme was made after a 2018 report from Parliament found that nearly one in five people who worked there had been sexually harassed or seen sexually inappropriate behavior in the previous year.

Reports like these have led to new calls to get more women elected to office and to change the culture of an institution that some have called a "bad boys' club."

A recent report from the House of Commons said that 35 percent of elected members were women, which was a record high. In the U.S. House, only 28 percent of members are women. But before the last general election in 2019, a number of women in Parliament said they had decided not to run again because of threats and misogynistic abuse.

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