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Confidential help and support The Ashiana Network offers confidential and culturally specific support to clients. It aims to empower the women and young people to make informed choices and decisions about their future. www.ashiana.org.uk Kids’ stuff Info about sessions run by local children’s centres can be found at: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk News News in brief Man dies in fall from Wharf bank A 39-YEAR-OLD man fell from a building at Canary Wharf early on Tuesday morning. Police were called at about 8am on January 28 to reports that a man had fallen from the JP Morgan building at 25 Bank Street and landed on a ninth floor roof. London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene. His name had not been released as East End Life went to press but the next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious. Uni is top ranking QUEEN Mary, University of London has been named one of the most international universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2013-14. The university boasts more than 150 nationalities currently studying or working on its campuses in Tower Hamlets and ranked joint nineteenth in the recent charts. To celebrate the achievement, Queen Mary will be hosting its largest International Scholars Reception this Thursday, February 6, welcoming over 250 international students, staff and embassy representatives to recognise the important contributions overseas students make. Victim praised for bravery as rapist jailed for 17 years keys – before fleeing the scene. Her colleague convinced the victim to report the matter and she revealed the years of abuse she had endured. Islam was arrested on March 5, 2013 and later charged. Following the sentencing last week, Detective Constable Caroline Horden said: “The victim has shown great strength of character, she found the courage to come forward and speak about her terrible ordeal and because of this a very dangerous individual has been brought to justice.” The victim has been supported by the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command and by the Ashiana Network – a charity which supports victims of abuse within Asian, Turkish and Iranian communities. She also received help from The Havens in Whitechapel. If you need help, call: Ashiana Network on 8539 0427 or Whitechapel Haven on 7247 4787. In an emergency, call 999. More numbers on page 19. Mohammed Fakhrul Islam INDIAN RESTAURANT & TAKE AWAY GRILL & INDIAN CUISINE 15% off on all online orders Banquet Night £9.95 Every Mon to Thurs (From 5pm – Midnight) Full Course Meal Sunday Buffet £8.95 12pm unl 11.30pm (Eat as much as you like, 30 items to choose from on our set menu) Free Home Delivery Available (3 mile radius) with orders £12.00 or more Free bole of Coke/Lemonade with delivery orders £20.00 or more Open 7 days a week: Mon–Sat: (including Bank Holidays) 5.00pm–12Midnight; Sun: 12pm–11.30pm 501 Roman Road, Bow, London E3 5LX 020 8983 4301 / 020 8983 5341 Visit: www.chilligarlic.com | Also order via Just Eat. Visit: www.just-eat.co.uk/restaurants-chilligarlic-e3 WHEN Pat Warren started working for a council-run playgroup in 1967, it had no running water or toilet facilities – fairly typical for playgroups at the time. She launched the One O’Clock Club in Victoria Park in 1974 and, forty years, on, she has finally decided to retire from her role as a play and learning worker there. Debbie Taylor has known Pat for 34 years as both her children and grandchildren have attended the centre. “I met Pat when my son was six months old – he’s now 34!,” she told East End Life. “And when he started school, I took my daughter to the One O’Clock Club. She’s 30 now, and she brings her children to Stay and Play sessions with Pat. “Pat is a very caring person and has a wonderful way with the children and this is one of the reasons why myself and my children wanted to keep going back. “She is well known for her singing, and will do anything to help you. She will be missed.” The One O’Clock Club runs every week day in Victoria Park, and is part of Overland Children’s Centre. BY STAFF REPORTER A MAN who used emotional blackmail and the threat of shame to carry out a concerted campaign of sexual and emotional abuse on his victim has been jailed for 17 years. Mohammed Fakhrul Islam, aged 33, of Stewart Street, Isle of Dogs, was found guilty in December of three offences of rape, one of battery and one of voyeurism. He was sentenced at Snaresbook Crown Court last Thursday, January 30. The court heard how he befriended his victim when she moved to the UK in 2010, aged 18, to study. He became threatening when he saw her talking with other men and, late in 2010, Islam took her to a friend’s house where he told her she had to have sex with him or he would contact her parents and inform them they were in a relationship and that her reputation would be ruined. She sought help from one of Islam’s friends but he refused and told her to return to Islam, who then dragged her into a bedroom and raped her. Unknown to her, he secretly filmed the attack on his mobile phone. A week later Islam told the victim they were now in a relationship and could have sex often. He also told her he had footage of the earlier incident and that, if she refused to have sex, he would show it to her family and post it online, implying she was a prostitute. He also threatened to kill her if she went out with any other man. He raped her a second time, again recording it, and threatened that he would force her to have group sex with his friends if she did not obey him. In February 2013, she began to suffer from depression as a result of the continuing abuse and her studies began to suffer. After a third rape that year he told her: “I am so lucky, I am so happy. I am controlling your life.” He later took her to work but, after her shift, she asked a male colleague to walk her out as she feared Islam would be waiting outside, which he was. Islam approached them and tried to get the woman to leave with him but, when she refused, he attacked her and her colleague – strangling her and assaulting the man with a set of 3 – 9 FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 3


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