Lady Justice needs to put her blindfold back on...

Ul Nasir is a confident bloke. He must be, to have appealed his seven-year sentence for sexually assaulting two children. I’d have kept my head down. His argument is that the sentence was inflated because of his ethnicity. Did no one mention that he could be out in three and a half years for good behaviour? Lock up your kids. Unbelievably, race did come into the judgement. Justice Walker has stated in the Appeal Court that Sally Cahill QC was right to take into account the ethnicity, not of the perpetrator (bad luck Nasir), but of his victims. She believes that because the children are Asian this brings more shame within their community; it might be harder for their fathers to marry them off later - and this is a bad thing.What kind of Kafkaesque hell are we living in that this judgment could be considered ‘right on’? It is so racist and so sexist and has made me so angry I’ve become impossible to live with.So here are my five main problems with the judgment:1) It is racist. It gives a longer sentence directly because of the race of the victim. All children deserve equal protection under the law.2) The argument about culture is invidious and perpetuates two dubious narratives that we need to change; that white children are morally transgressive and promiscuous (an idea exploited in Rotherham), and that Asian children should be shamed by abuse (which could stop victims coming forward).3) In the longer term the judgment suggests that whatever your race or cultural sensibilities you should argue that your religious and social outlook makes your child’s experience more valuable than your neighbour’s.I know plenty of people that profess religious beliefs to wangle their kids a place in the local school; that the same kind of jiggery pokery is the surest way to see your child’s attacker serve more time in prison is repugnant.4) It is sexist. The judgment prioritises the prospects of an arranged marriage over the autonomy, confidence and trust of young girls.5) Finally, it correlates the punishment of the victim with the punishment of the perpetrator (the unhappy own goal of the victim impact statement). We can stamp out shame and punish paedophilia. We do not need to chase a conservative narrative or colour-code our children to achieve fairness.It’s time for Lady Justice to put her blindfold back on.