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Muslim women denounce sexual harassment on pilgrimage to Mecca

An activist launches the campaign MosqueMeToo after a Pakistani told his case

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Muslim women denounce sexual harassment on pilgrimage to Mecca

First it was a hand in his waist, n something hard that pressed against his ass; Soon it was clear that it was not a casual rub because of agolpada crowd around Kaaba. Someone was trying to grab his buttock and pinch it. Sabica Khan was being sexually harassed during pilgrimage to Mecca. At beginning of this month, he dared to tell that experience on Facebook. The reaction has forced him to close his account, but or Muslims have been encouraged to denounce that even in holiest place of Islam women are safe from predators and have emerged MosqueMeToo (YoTambiénMezquita).

During my sixth Beltway [to Kaaba], suddenly I noticed something that pressed hard against my butt, I was paralyzed, not knowing if it was intentional. [i] ignored it and kept moving slowly because crowd was huge, "Khan recounted in his post. But what was first a suspicion, became certainty when he felt a hand in his grip. Khan grabbed her and pulled her off her body, while trying to turn to see unscrupulous. He didn't make it. Nor did he have strength to denounce. Even though she felt raped, she feared no one would believe her. Until now.

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"I was literally petrified. I could not escape, so I stopped and turned everything I could to see what was going on, but... I could not see who it was, "explained woman, whose Facebook profile identified her as a resident in Karachi (Pakistan). "All my memory of pilgrimage to holy city was eclipsed by this horrible event," he concluded.

Many women responded to Khan by sharing ir own experiences of groping and Rerubs suffered during that part of pilgrimage, known as TAWAAF, ritual of giving seven laps to Kaaba, first three to step fast and rest slower, but Closer to that sacred stone. The agglomerations are inevitable, especially during Haj, or greater pilgrimage, when up to two million believers gar in Mecca. Sexual harassment, no, and clergymen who accompany groups of pilgrims warn about it, indicating that those responsible are aware.

"I am happy to see women exposing abuses y have suffered during Haj," says Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American activist who launched campaign MosqueMeToo following Khan's reopening of debate.

Eltahawy herself suffered that experience in 1982 when she was 15 years old, as she revealed in an interview three decades later and later in her book Headscarves and Hymens: Why Middle East needs a Sexual Revolution. He says that for years he did not even dare to tell his parents because he did not have enough self-confidence and sanctity of pilgrimage made it more difficult.

"I've been talking about it for years and I've always found women telling me that it had happened to m too; But it is difficult to assess extent of problem because taboo and shame that accompanies sexual abuse, is united that has happened in holiest place of Islam, which increases pressure on women to keep quiet, "he says during a conversation Phone. Also Khan made clear in his story, before closing his Facebook account, which was "afraid to share [your case] for fear of hurting religious feelings."

"We Muslims are between sword and wall," explains Eltahawy. "On one hand, [Islamic] community asks us to keep quiet; And if we denounce, we give a weapon to racist and islamófaba right. " Therefore she feels obliged to use platform she has as a writer to speak for those who cannot and to point out aggressors, while rejecting manipulation of islamófobos.

Eltahawy, who is defined as a feminist, believes that time has come to break silence. "Women have done nothing to be ashamed of. The men have to stop attacking us, "he insists. Until n he bet to stop his feet, even by hitting m as he has told that she did a few days ago with a Sobón in a nightclub. At moment, MosqueMeToo has caused a certain stir on Twitter, where it has become a trend.

"MosqueMeToo shows that no matter how I view a woman, where she is, or what she does. Predatory behavior does not need excuses, "sentencing a user who identifies himself as Safaneh. Also some men have used label to show ir solidarity.


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