An Islamic cleric, Sami Abu-Yusuf, has said that victims of the Cologne New Year’s Eve sexual attacks are to blame. He said wearing perfumes and dressing indecently had sparked the men to pounce on them.
“The events of New Year’s Eve were the girls own fault, because they were half naked and wearing perfume,” Abu-Yusuf told Russian TV.
“It is not surprising the men wanted to attack them. [Dressing like that] is like adding fuel to the fire.”
Abu-Yusuf is the Imam of the Al Tawheed Mosque in Cologne and preaches Salafism, a conservative form of Sunni Islam. In the past, the mosque has been investigated before it was raided in 2004 to break a secret network of Arab Mujahideen.
Hundreds of women, about 521, were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve at the foot of the Cologne Cathedral by over 100 men believed to be migrants. With police currently investigating some 21 people from North Africa in connection with the night of assault, robbery and trafficking of stolen goods. Police logs of the night’s incidents reveal some of the women were touched in their breasts and buttocks. Some alleged that finger penetration was carried out on some of them. While cash, phones and bank cards were being stolen, some others were unlawfully touching the women. A woman said about 20 men surrounded her before she was attacked and assaulted. The attacks were carried out during the fireworks display in the Cathedral’s square facing the Cologne train station.
It has been revealed that such attacks were also carried out in other parts of Germany as well as Sweden, Finland and Austria. The news that ‘mainly Arabic and Northern African men’ carried out the attacks has sparked protests in Europe demanding for a limit to migration into the European Union.
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