They call it Taharrush gamea

Published: January 14, 2016
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CBS reporter Lara Logan, photographed in Cairo's Tahrir Square moments before she was assaulted in 2011. Her attack was one of the first known instances of 'taharrush' to be reported in Western media PHOTO: REUTERS

Author’s note: Islam has nothing to do with taharrush gamea; the act contradicts the teachings of the religion. At the same time, there is no denying where the incidents are taking place, and who the perpetrators are. Denying this out of some misplaced sense of political correctness has only exacerbated the issue.

Not surprisingly, the attacks are more sophisticated than a coordinated assault from a pack of hyenas.

These are predators after all.

The incidents usually take place in the cold black of the night at locations where women are more vulnerable; at the end of an alley, near a tunnel, in the middle of a large crowd at a concert, protest, or festival.

By the time the body signals the fight or flight response, it is usually too late, for you find yourself caught in the eye of a whirlwind of sexually depraved human bodies, all waiting for a chance to do you harm.

It is like being sandwiched in several circles of hell.

The first circle attacks you wildly, hungrily grabbing at your hair, face, mouth, breasts, hips, legs, or genitals. If your clothes are torn off somehow, the fingers of dozens of men will enter either cavity near the centre of your legs, raping you with their hands, if not with their own genitals. You scream, beg, and plead, but this only encourages them. Through tears you desperately scan the crowd for your allies, but they have either been beaten into submission or have gone to seek help.

The second circle surrounds you, waiting their turn, expending unspent energy by kicking at your ribs, pulling at your hair, or clawing at your body when they can. To encourage others or perhaps to alleviate their own guilt, they loudly call you a whore, slut, or even a Jew or a Hindu; anything to justify their actions.

The third circle acts as a shield. Distracting onlookers by trying to appear casual, these men form a barrier, almost hoping you will break free so that they can get in on the action.

For anyone who believes this to be an exaggeration, these disturbing videos should prove to be educational:

Authorities and journalists say the act is called taharrush gamea.

Responding to the New Years’s Eve attacks in Cologne, The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said,

“Such crimes are committed by groups of young men… mostly when there are large gatherings of people, such as demonstrations. They range from sexual harassment to rape.”

Veteran war journalist Lara Logan survived taharrush gamea in the heart of Cairo after a crowd of 100,000 met at Tahrir Square to celebrate the end of Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

Describing her ordeal to 60 Minutes in an emotional interview, she shared how the crowd targeted her, tearing off her clothes and sexually assaulting her multiple times,

“And I am screaming, thinking if I scream, if they know, they’re gonna stop, you know. Someone’s gonna stop them. Or they’re gonna stop themselves. Because this is wrong. And it was the opposite. Because the more I screamed, it turned them into a frenzy. And I feel them tearing at my clothing. I think my shirt, my sweater was torn off completely. My shirt was around my neck. I felt the moment that my bra tore. They tore the metal clips of my bra. They tore those open. And I felt that because the air, I felt the air on my chest, on my skin. And I felt them tear out, they literally just tore my pants to shreds. And then I felt my underwear go. And I remember looking up, when my clothes gave way, I remember looking up and seeing them taking pictures with their cell phones, the flashes of their cell phone cameras.”

As the crowd started to pull off her hair and flesh like monsters from a zombie film, Logan began to lose hope, until she thought of her one-year-old daughter and two-year-old son,

“I had to fight for them. And that’s when I said, ‘Okay, it’s about staying alive now. I have to just surrender to the sexual assault. What more can they do now? They are inside you everywhere.’ So the only thing to fight for, left to fight for, was my life.”

Thankfully, Logan found solace amongst a camp of Egyptian women where she was eventually rescued by soldiers. Her recovery process at the hospital was difficult,

“My muscles were so unbelievably sore, because they were literally stretched from the mob trying to tear my limbs off my body. My joints, every joint in my body was distended. And then they, the more intimate injuries, the injuries, the tearing inside. And the mark of their hands, their fingers all over my body, cuts and everything you could imagine”

In the same location, a female Dutch journalist also fell victim to the so called game. The Dutch embassy later released a statement,

“A Dutch woman of 22 was attacked in Tahrir Square on Friday evening. The Netherlands embassy has assisted the victim, and after receiving emergency treatment in a Cairo hospital she was repatriated to the Netherlands in the company of family. The victim has cooperated with an investigation started by the Egyptian authorities. In the interest of the privacy of the victim, no further information will be given.”

The Hollywood Reporter described her injuries,

“News of the violent sexual assault that followed was first reported by Dina Zakaria, a journalist for Egypt 25 news channel. Writing on her Facebook page, Zakaria said that the woman “was raped by men who dub themselves revolutionists” and that her “condition is severe and she is hospitalised.”

Another survivor was France 24 journalist Sonia Dridi. The Guardian shares how her colleague protected her from the mob,

“When we went back for the second live shot the crowd was worse, it was really hard to control the crowd. If you see the video you can see me popping up on the fringe telling people let her work. By the time it was finished everybody was too close and no one was listening to us. I told Sonia to just go straight to (the shop) Hardee’s and wait for me because I didn’t want her to wait with this crowd of feral youths.”

According to The Guardian, on a single night, ‘more than 80 women were subjected to mob sexual assaults, harassment or rape.’

Reportedly, at least one woman was raped by a sharp object.

Advocate Soraya Bahgat expanded on the scope of the issue,

“Egypt is full of sexual harassment and people have become desensitised to it – but this is a step up. We’re talking about mob sexual assaults, from stripping women naked and dragging them on the floor – to rape.”

Survivors of sexual assault in Egypt have long held their silence. As Al Jazeera reported, the authorities are part of the problem,

“A new study by a human-rights group accuses Egyptian security forces of increasingly using sexual violence against men, women and children with impunity. Released on Tuesday, the report by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), titled Exposing state hypocrisy: Sexual violence by security forces in Egypt, indicates a surge in sexual violence perpetrated by Egyptian security forces since the military takeover in 2013.”

After the influx of migrants into Europe, smaller scale versions of these attacks have started to take place in the European Union. This has led to several sources terming taharrush gamea as a Muslim or an Arab problem. This is not exactly true.

For one, the migrants pinpointed in Europe for conducting these assaults have not only been of Arab descent, but North African and Afghani. What’s more, aside from Egypt, I can share several instances of such incidents taking place in large gatherings in Afghanistan and even Pakistan.

Take for example the massive Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rally in 2013. Undoubtedly, the political party has admirably created a safe space for female supporters to take part in their massive jalsas (protests). Yet even PTI can only do so much.

At Minar-e-Pakistan, under the cover of darkness and rain, numerous men sexually assaulted women drenched by the thunderstorm. When some bravely chose to share tales of their trauma, they were labelled as liars by our sexist public.

This pigheaded sense of denial is part of the issue.

The Apprentice star, Saira Khan, was sexually assaulted by a crowd in Pakistan while filming a documentary for the BBC,

“I was dressed in the native shalwaar kameez – long baggy trousers and a tunic to cover my body. I wore a scarf around my head to show respect. All that was visible were my hands and face. With much persuasion, my director David allowed me to walk by myself near a crowd of men. I realised within five minutes what an idiot I had been – I was the only woman in this crowd. I was spotted and within minutes a group of men had circled me and hands were all over me while bodies pressed up against mine.”

Again, not surprisingly, The Express Tribune readers posted comments on the story’s Facebook page, calling Saira Khan a liar for sharing her story years after it took place, not appreciating the strength it took for her to finally speak of the torment.

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There is also the case of a relative of mine. While volunteering during a sporting event, she was sexually assaulted by a mob in Pakistan right outside of a cricket stadium. Seen carrying flags of both India and Pakistan, perhaps her attackers used the Indian flag as some sort of depraved validation.

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On Twitter, some have taken to describing this as a Muslim tradition, which isn’t true, as Islam doesn’t condone such a thing. But there is no denying that it is taking place at the hands of those of Muslim origin. Of course, the common denominator here isn’t any religion, but men who originate from misogynist nations where women aren’t respected as equals in society, and are objectified as things to derive use from.

According to the BBC, on New Year’s Eve, in Cologne, ‘over 500 criminal complaints were filed, 40 per cent alleging sexual assault.’

Officials say that ‘nearly all’ of the suspects are ‘people with an immigrant background’.

To be clear, over a million migrants have landed in Europe, escaping war and unspeakable horrors, and this seems to be a tiny percentage. Yet, even this small number can turn the European way of life on its head. Already, European women are claiming to feel fear like they’ve never felt before.

The solution isn’t to shut the door on those escaping conflict, but to more effectively screen those coming in, and to create programs that help refugees integrate into an alien culture. As The New York Times reports, Norway has begun a promising program,

“When he first arrived in Europe, Abdu Osman Kelifa, a Muslim asylum seeker from the Horn of Africa, was shocked to see women in skimpy clothes drinking alcohol and kissing in public. Back home, he said, only prostitutes do that, and in locally made movies couples “only hug but never kiss.”

Confused, Mr Kelifa volunteered to take part in a pioneering and, in some quarters, controversial program that seeks to prevent sexual and other violence by helping male immigrants from societies that are largely segregated or in which women show neither flesh nor public affection to adapt to more open European societies.

“Men have weaknesses and when they see someone smiling it is difficult to control,”

Mr Kelifa said, explaining that in his own country, Eritrea, if someone wants a lady he can just take her and he will not be punished, at least not by the police.

Norway, he said, treats women differently,

“They can do any job from prime minister to truck driver and have the right to relax” in bars or on the street without being bothered, he added.

To tackle the cause of the issue, we first have to drag our heads out of the sand and accept the problem exists. Strangely, denial is from both sides. While we continue to pretend this is all a conspiracy by the West, some Western nations, ironically enough, have been covering up such cases out of political correctness.

For example, Swedish officials have been widely accused of covering up attacks at a musical festival in 2014, because the culprits were migrants.

The Guardian,

“These are so-called refugee youths, specifically from Afghanistan. Several of the gang were arrested for sexual molestation,” one police memo said.”

The pattern has many shades of taharrush gamea.

The Guardian,

During the 2014 festival, organisers picked up on rumours of a new phenomenon, said Roger Ticoalu, head of events at the Stockholm city administration.

“It was a modus operandi that we had never seen before: large groups of young men who surround girls and molest them,” Roger Ticoalu said.

“In the cases where we were able to apprehend suspects, they were with a foreign background, newly arrived refugees aged 17-20, who had come to Sweden without their families.”

By opening up its borders to refugees, Europe has helped over a million people fleeing terrible circumstances. At the same time, this sudden entry is far from an organic process. Many of those entering Europe come from different ideals and belief systems resulting in a clash of values.

With the incidents of taharrush gamea growing in number, it is almost as if the leaders in Europe were suddenly dragged by their ears to the florist, so that they could finally smell the roses.

As Saira Khan said,

“Here in the West, we need to stop burying our heads in the sand and accept that Asian, Arab and African men grow up in societies where misogyny is the cultural norm. We need to talk about it so we can change it.

Ignoring it, like the BBC did, is just condoning it. If we are allowing people to come in, we must also make sure that we are not blinded by some truths which are hard to swallow.

It is a betrayal of the truth, of the majority of decent migrants and – most of all – of women who must not see progress turned back for the sake of accommodating a medieval world view.”

But while the European nations are being forced to wake up, we in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Asia still feign ignorance.

When will we begin to accept reality?

Incredibly, the deniers are mostly men, but women as well. Perhaps subconsciously, we pretend these problems don’t exist, because accepting them would require a painful examination of our belief system.

Take for example, the hijab, a sexist garb that many Islamic scholars argue is cultural rather than religious. Yet many who wear the hijab will fight tooth and nail for it, obviously so emotionally invested in the cloth that they fail to realise the onus is on the man, and not the woman, to deny sexual assault. It has been repeatedly documented that many of these men simply use the lack of hijab as validation for sexual assault.

It is about time we said no to misogyny, and all the painful local practices that stem from it.

Noman Ansari

Noman Ansari

The author is the editor-in-chief of IGN Pakistan, and has been reviewing films and writing opinion pieces for The Express Tribune as well as Dawn for five years. He tweets as @Pugnate (twitter.com/Pugnate)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Khaliq Farooq

    Living in Saudi Arabia continually my sisters were strictly advised not to go without a male guardian as Saudis had a penchant for surrounding if women were outside singularly or in pairs. They would often abduct and sexually harass them if not always rape them. Ironically everyone in Saudi knows about this and no one does anything. In fact officially speaking ape rape is non-existent in Saudi Arabia. Of course these incidents are more prevalent in Saudi dominant areas as opposed to expat areas of Jeddah and Khobar but to call it anything short of a national past time of Saudi men would be an understatement.Recommend

  • Happy Chappy

    – they loudly call you a whore, slut, or even a Jew or a Hindu; anything to justify their actions.-

    Now only because you have mentioned in your blog about victims being called Jew or Hindu during the attack to , I am inclined to ask, how can your disclaimer note say that attackers / Taharrush has nothing to do with a particular religion when it is that particular religion which has a particular way of describing yahood-wa-hanood which many rational thinkers consider hateful?Recommend

  • SuperNeo™

    Whats new about this story ? all videos , incidents are very old , steps should have taken long back , why it took world to wake after Germany’s new year incident.

    stop inviting THEM to your countries, their life culture ,customs belongs to their country their world.
    few radicalized countries(spl. Paksitan,african and mid easr ) will say its all fake , but truth is its , its their way of living now
    if caught deny it else feel proud of it.Recommend

  • stevenson

    I was so sickened and disgusted by the rape games of these Arab refugees in European cities. It wasn’t just Cologne, Germany but in many other cities including Zurich, Helsinki, Hamburg ; wherever large groups of refugee men from Arab countries were able to gather. This has triggered a backlash against all Muslims since no one can understand such violent and depraved behavior from people who are supposedly running away from war, poverty and conflict. Now the Europeans are talking about basic classes in human rights, sexual rights and teaching men that a smiling woman doesn’t mean she wants to be raped! Such a sad state of affairs but I fear that many European societies are in for decades of such acts. In Sweden, Norway, Germany and other European countries with large refugee populations,a disproportionate amount of the sexual assaults and crime comes from foreigners. The problem is the Europeans have rewarded those who arrive illegally via smuggling and paying money to human traffickers with residency and asylum while ignoring real refugees who are poor and don’t have money to pay human smugglers. A young man who has been rewarded by breaking the law to smuggle himself to Europe illegally will not turn around and then suddenly respect laws.Recommend

  • Rajagopal

    Kudos to the author for bringing this barbaric practice to the light.
    It is extremely distressing and shameful to learn that there are fellow humans who behave in this fashion. How would these individuals react if they learnt that one of their victims turned out to be their own family member?Recommend

  • Solo

    It is funny that everytime muslims commit a crime, they say it has nothing to do with islam. Recommend

  • This is horrifying beyond belief and a combination of both mob mentality and misogyny at work. While the former is not unique to the Muslim world, the latter is definitely much more prevalent in our deeply patriarchal societies. This oppressive patriarchy successfully keeps women out of public spaces because the unsaid but widely shared assumption is that a women in a public space- particularly where there is a crowd/mob of men- is fair game, especially if she doesn’t seem to be obviously skittish or on her guard. That’s why foreign women or those who seem unmindful of the threat are in particular danger around a mob.

    The only short term solution is strict monitoring of crowds; and swift, forceful, even brutal, law enforcement action once a mob assaults a woman. No perpetrator should go unpunished, and no woman should ever be left marooned because of the inadequacy or complicity of police. Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    Not a fan of the Saudis, but I couldn’t come across mob rape cases in the Kingdom. Probably because women are kept at home, or are forced to travel like cattle.Recommend

  • Zee

    “taharrush gamea”. what an exotic term. How many Western women have become victims of taharrush gamea? How many Pakistani women have become victims of taharruh gamea? On the other hand, how many of them have become victims of Western cultural practices such as dating where men dupe women into sex (a sanitized rape)?

    The exotic Arab and Muslim cultural practices that supposedly led to taharrush gamea have failed to even match the barbarity of Western liberal cultural practices and its atrocities on women. About 7500 rape cases were reported in Germany alone – mostly perpetrated by White liberal European men who belong to the same value system as you do. Now consider this, one fifth of German women have been physically harassed and touched by white men who ironically found the term taharrush gamea quite exotic and foreign. A third more became victims of abuse. That’s a large chunk of women abused by a culture that accused other exotic culture as being mysogynist. And, imagine this -a mere 8% of these cases led to conviction. So, why do you bury your head in the sand when it comes to liberal society proclivity for rape?

    A quarter of American college students were raped not by Arab and Muslim men being taught about taharrush gamea by their mothers and fathers but by white liberal men (where do they learn to rape women? I think from their liberal textbooks).

    “Take for example, the hijab, a sexist garb that many Islamic scholars argue is cultural rather than religious. Yet many who wear the hijab will fight tooth and nail for it, obviously so emotionally invested in the cloth that they fail to realise the onus is on the man, and not the woman, to deny sexual assault. It has been repeatedly documented that many of these men simply use the lack of hijab as validation for sexual assault.”

    Which Islamic scholars? Have you been reading to much “pro-regressive Muslims reformers out there”? Asking women to wear any form of clothing itself is sexist. Why should women need to cover up?

    We need better campaigns to put an end to the force demanding women to wear clothing because “garb” in any forms are sexist.

    A culture demanding women to wear any form of clothing is sexist and barbaric – that culture demands women to cover up and sends a wrong message to men that men are not able to control their desire.

    Let’s start a new campaign in Europe – Clothing on women is a form of oppression. They are plenty of “documented cases” of men validating their sexual assaults against women by citing the lack of clothing argument.

    End women clothing. End sexism. Spread liberalism and feminism because in a liberal society, only 7500 women will be raped.Recommend

  • SuperNeo™

    Isn’t this reason enough to let Muslims live in Muslim country only and let Non muslim live in their own country.Recommend

  • SuperNeo™

    tribune is not letting all comments to display here, because it shoes the real face.
    why you are blaming KSA only its happening in all mUslim countries even in small areas where community is in majorityRecommend

  • 19640909rk .

    whatever the reasons and backgrounds, Muslim men are to be blamed for these acts- let them be in Germany, Finland,Sweden, Switzerland, UK . These countries are trying to help them and Muslims are shaming these nations.Recommend

  • IndianDude

    You are the man Noman Ansari (pun intended!). May your tribe increase!Recommend

  • Rafidi

    The blog takes a very well account of the misogyny that prevails in the Muslim world . These type of incidents do happen Muslim countries as well as any European or american countries 90% of american women have been assaulted once in a life. so to blame Muslims and Islam for such a disease is absolutely absurd. In fact the Muslim world is well behind the west when it is about committing crime against women. Out of the top 10 countries with highest rape crime not even one is a Muslim majority country. The recent incident in cologne are part of the same misogynistic problem which is prevalent in every part of the world especially the west.Recommend

  • Rishabh Jain

    This rape culture is also there in South Asia. We have to deal with it and stop being misogynst.Recommend

  • Ahmed Shahryar

    My mate, I think you fail to understand that Muslim men make a disproportionate share of sexual assault cases in most of Europe which is worrisome. In fact in UK they our Pakistani origin men are responsible for majority of sexual assaults and all of grooming cases despite being less than double digit portion of the population. It is better that these topics are discussed in our papers so we may learn and condemn them. If these issues are not discussed in our papers and media people would not rise against them as theyd be unaware about them.Recommend

  • Fahimuddin

    Hang those men in public in cologne, don’t deport them.Recommend

  • Parvez

    The psychosis of mob behavior……..is simply one of lowest forms of human behavior.Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Look like these events disturb you to such an extent that you want to bury your head in the sand and blame all your favorite targets.Recommend

  • skiesofblue

    What nonsense, comparing the figures for a western feminist definition sexual assault, and the Middle Eastern definition.

    Attacking women in gangs, publicly, is the same thing as “date rape”?

    That only shows how messed up YOUR thinking is.Recommend

  • andersm0

    Quite deflecting the blame. North America has nothing like the Muslim rape game where they congregate in large mobs for group assaults on a single woman. Also, why did you upvote your own post?Recommend

  • andersm0

    Your post is nonsense.Recommend

  • Zee

    This is a perplexing internalization of western bigotry. Using proportion to assume the cultural impetus is a bit naive and lazy. The men who “groomed” young white women were part of gangs. They were products of disfranchisement. Gangs contained many racial and religious groups – the rapes committed by gang members should not be separated by their unique position and experience in the society. To reduce rapes solely to the faith of the rapists while ignoring their other identities isn’t just about being lazy in your thinking but an internalization of western bigotry. A black man raped not because he was a Christian or a black man. No black culture or Christian culture taught him to rape. Likewise, Pakistani culture does not teach its men to rape white young girls. You know what the punishment for such acts, don’t you?

    The VIP White men leaders out of Westminster are also known for their proclivity for raping young white women. Here is something to read about:http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/06/britain-s-horrific-vip-pedophile-cover-up.html

    Where was the outrage toward elite white men culture that drove white men to rape young white girls? Have you used an exotic term such as “grooming” to address white men and their white culture?Recommend

  • Zee

    Of course it is nonsense. Recommend

  • Zee

    “Look like these events disturb you to such an extent that you want to bury your head”

    dissecting the issues and educating a simpleton like you by letting you know that the biggest rapists in Europe are white men isn’t about me “burying [my] head”. It’s about making you remove your head from the deep clay you are stuck in.

    “blame all of your favourite targets”.

    liberal culture and white men are rarely my favorite targets. They just happened to play important roles in the culture of rape that is widely prevalent in white liberal societies.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    I am not religious, but I haven’t seen anything in the Quran that justifies this. The justification is in their own head. Men also use a woman’s attire to justify rape. Does that mean they are right?Recommend

  • Commemtator

    Result of a sick mindsetRecommend

  • Zee

    My thinking is fine. It is yours that is not working.

    To begin with, sexual assault does not just happen because drunkard and drugged Arab men encircled white women in public. It happens to white women in nightclubs and bars where white men physically molest and harass women. White men have these beliefs that women in such settings could be touched, harassed and groped. Sexual assaults happens in trains, busses, offices, stadium and public circles. in western societies They are all done by white liberal men.

    Sex from dating is an example of culturally sanitized and approved form of rape. White women indoctrinated to believe that they have to sleep with men in order to maintain relationships as prescribed by your western culture do not even recognize the cultural force behind their own rape.Recommend

  • pisbuponhim786

    Why is our playful culture being put under media trial ??!! What the author fails to understand is “Uncovered meat attracts flies”! If you dare to bare , then you’ve to bear the consequences too . Why the west does not learn from islam in treating and covering their women folk ??Recommend

  • Faulitics

    I know that its hard for you to understand that its normal that most rapists in white majority Europe are white. But the way its going, arabs will end up being the majority rapists in white Europe.Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Very rarely does a person write so much and say so little…..that makes sense.Recommend

  • Satpal

    Muslims have made it difficult for all migrants. More than once I have had to explain that although I have a brown skin I am not a Muslim. Muslims are creating prejudice and very negative stereotypes. I totally distance myself from Muslims and their beliefs and practices.Recommend

  • SuperNeo™

    if caught DENY IT else Proud of it.don’t you know the whole mantra of muslims living in West.Recommend

  • SuperNeo™

    if given a choice to any muslim he will love to migrate to west , not the case with Westerners.Recommend

  • talha usmani

    When a man is not brought up as a human being but rather as an animal this is what ought to happen. People can blame it on religion, country or their very existence. But we all tend to forget that the basic fabric of being a human starts at home from early years of our lives. It is the negligence of the family which fails to deliver a good human being to the society which results in such societal evils.
    Stop blaming religion, state or the society and start looking inside your homes and see what kind of upbringing is a kid going through.Recommend

  • abhi

    Sir the solution is not to keep refugees come in. The solution is to over throw the governments/despot ruling the region and let UN rule the area. Handle the terrorists with iron fist and educate the youths.Recommend

  • abhi

    the root of this rape culture in South Asia is same. Nobody wants to name it correctly though.Recommend

  • abhi

    you tell me one thing, as a women would you prefer going to a train where normal american crowd is present or where Arab immigrant crowd is present?Recommend

  • abhi

    rightly said. But if a some thing bad happenes to a muslim it only happens because he is a muslim.Recommend

  • Ali

    Well, its very common for us in Pakistan that we cannot take our family to the crowdy places especially on the events like concerts, new year eve, !4 aug celebrations, because the men out there, The “Pakistani Men”, The “Muslim Men” they are out there just to grab an opportunity to grope and sexually assault a woman (whether she is with her family or without family). I have gone to many concerts and on many occasions, I have seen this behavior even from the boys from so called educated elite. This mentality is no doubt very common in South Asia (And very very common in Pakistan) and I as a Muslim, as a Pakistani, feel ashamed of it.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddique

    Completely agree with accounts presented about Pakistan. Locals know what happens in a crowded bus.
    Further, Islam first talks about man to lower his gaze and then talks about woman’s gaze. This is a social/cultural issue and should be treated and solved as such. Terming it Islamic will not help solve it but will confuse it further.Recommend

  • Shahab Ali

    people like you are the reason why not a single muslim country is prosperousRecommend

  • Nero

    I am still come across a gang of hundred white men indulging in Taharrush anywhere in Europe or North America. Rapes happen in in most countries at the same rate – app. 30%. Stop lying with numbers like 90%. And for a change ask all your women friends, if you have any. You will surprised to know how many “nice” Muslim women have been harassed by “nice” Muslim men, mostly in public places.Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !

    Go ahead and spread venom, I know where you are coming from. Guess what ! you are also dancing in the state of denial. The good would be, be a man, go out and stop anyone doing it with your hands instead of jumping on your keyboard to blame the “roots”.Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !

    The way they did in Iraq, Libya and everywhere else they went right? Ruled by UN, lols, where the hell did that happen last time? some anonymous African country? A UN as spineless as it is today, would be an addition to the disaster scholars like you are suggesting.Recommend

  • abhi

    Yes, UN has not done anything good so far other than sendng some peace keeping missons. But it is time to take things in control. We cannot allow regressive regimes playing havoc and rest of the world watching helplessly.Recommend

  • abhi

    I know what I am saying is not politically correct but this is hard reality.Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !

    I so wish I could agree with you but naivety has to play a role if I chose to do so, Abhi :)Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !

    Let me agree here with you, and let me dream with you for the peace of the world. But you know what, things really dont work the way we wish, it works the way the movers and shakers want them to. We would merely be the pawns, contributing to their agendas by either hating some and loving others of us :)Recommend

  • Saj

    To really avoid racism, you might wanna try changing the color of your skin..Recommend

  • Rishabh Jain

    I don’t know what he said. But I consider these roots the general sub-continental mindset – patriarchal, misogynistic and simply pathetic. Irrespective of religious affiliations.Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !

    Rishabh, I cant disagree a bit, what a reality check in few words. Forget what he was trying to say and stay lovely human being like you are :)Recommend

  • New World Patriot

    The Authors Note at the top of this article is crap. Taharrush Gamea is a dominance game played by Fundamental Islamic males to drive women back into the house and remain fully covered in accordance with Sharia Law.

    At what point will the mainstream media stop lying about Islam? It is not a religion of peace and it is not a religion of equal rights. Hell, it isn’t really JUST a religion. It is a complete socioeconomic system wrapped in religion.

    If you don’t believe me about how much Fundamental Islam/Sharia Law conflicts with western culture why don’t you have a read of how they describe their own religious requirements.

    http://www.islamswomen.com/articles/rulings_on_women_in_society.phpRecommend

  • common

    Hes an indian commentator dude. ChillRecommend

  • common

    As far as i can remember theirs a single incident of that. Maybe stop using a 10 year old story to justify all rapes in uk?Recommend