A mob of men sexually harassed a Moroccan woman, why does she get the blame?

A mob of men sexually harassed a Moroccan woman, why does she get the blame?
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Published August 11th, 2017 - 14:35 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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The video, lasting just 10 seconds, shows a clearly panicking woman in jeans and a t-shirt being chased by a large group of young men | Youtube.
The video, lasting just 10 seconds, shows a clearly panicking woman in jeans and a t-shirt being chased by a large group of young men | Youtube.

The video, lasting just 10 seconds, shows a clearly panicking woman in jeans and a t-shirt being chased by a large group of young men.

 
 
A video showing a group of men hounding a young woman walking alone in a Moroccan street has been shared widely on social media and has sparked a debate within the kingdom.

The video, lasting just 10 seconds, shows a clearly panicking woman in jeans and a t-shirt being chased by a mob of young men.

She was filmed as the group of men tried to surround her on a well-known avenue in the northern town of Tangiers.


The video caused mixed reactions. Shockingly many condemned the woman for her choice of dress.

"She can strip off if she wants, but not in our conservative town," one person wrote on Twitter.

Another wrote that the woman "got what she deserved."

Moroccan media and human rights activists on the other hand condemned the harassment.

"I am as scandalised by this violent and collective aggression as by the reactions blaming the victim for her supposedly provocative dress, although she wore only simple jeans and a t-shirt," Nouzha Skalli, a gender rights activist and former women's minister, told AFP.

The video represents a wider problem not just in Morocco, but throughout the region.

Popular personalities have in the past used their platform to encourage violence against women and have blamed women for the actions of their male counterparts.

An Egyptian salafi preacher claimed on live TV in April that a gang rape victim was to blame for her own attack, because she was "not wearing a hijab".

"Does this girl not deserve some of the blame? She was walking in the street wearing provocative clothing and not wearing a hijab… she was also to blame," Abdel Hamid said.

Earlier this month, Lebanese activists launched a campaign against sexual harassment.

The Mesh Baseeta (It's Not Okay) campaign was launched to let the Lebanese population know that sexual harassment should not be dismissed as part of everyday life but are violations and should be criminalised.

Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

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