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Why we need to worry about 'Taharrush gamea' - the Arabic gang-rape game

India TV News Desk 16 Jan 2016, 15:48:28 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: The term Taharrush gamea' may not sound as horrendous as it actually is. But, it is certainly one of the topics to worry about immediately.

If the cases of sexual assault on women were not enough to disturb our minds, this new gang rape tradition from Arab, which is now spreading in Europe, will give you a rude shock.

What is Taharrush gamea?

Taharrush gamea - the Arabic term which roughly translates to ‘collective harassment' is a phenomenon where a group of young men target the lone woman at public place.

It is carried by a large number of attackers (men) who sexually assault the lone women either by groping them or raping them.

How it happens?

In this public gang rape phenomenon, the men first surround their victim in circles. Thereafter, the men in inner circle sexually assault her while men in the outer circle watch or divert outsiders' attention away from the hell happening inside.

First Occurrence

The phenomenon was first seen in 2011 when a South African reporter Lara Logan was attacked by a large group of men while she was reporting on celebrations at Cairo's Tharir Square in Egypt.

Her attack was one of the first known instances of 'taharrush' to be reported in Western media.

She recounted her ordeal several months after the incident saying, “Suddenly, before I even know what's happening, I feel hands grabbing my breasts, grabbing my crotch, grabbing me from behind. I mean, and it's not one person and then it stops, it's like one person and another person and another person.

From Middle East to Europe

This shameful phenomenon is spreading its wing in the Europe. During the New Year celebrations, the women across German cities have suffered the sexual assault at the public place from the men of foreign origin.

The police feared that it is the coming of Arab's gang rape phenomenon to the western world.

The New Year saw a horrifying chaos outside the Cologne cathedral where fireworks were launched into the crowd and horde of drunken Arab or North African men were assaulting women.

Later, the leaked reports proved that the police was unable to stop the disorder, as the little police staff was incompetent to deal with the massive gathering.

As per the reports by NRW state, following that 516 criminal complaints had been registered out of which 237 of were of a sexual nature.

Cologne Police, in a separate report, also presented the graphical descriptions of the crime. It listed the pictures of men grabbing women between the legs, on the breasts, buttocks, and men having inside women's pants and skirts