Rariq Ramadan Accused of Sexual Assault
Just like their counterparts in America, French women have also spoken about the ordeal of sexual harassment. However, there are some accusations by two women in France that they were sexually harassed by a renowned Islamic scholar. The first woman to file these accusations is author and activist Henda Ayari. Reports in France confirm that she filed a report two weeks ago claiming that she was sexually attacked by Swiss-born Islamic scholar known as Rariq Ramadan. She said that the sexual assault happened in the year 2012. Three days ago, another woman filed a case with the French police saying that she had been assaulted and raped by the same man in the French City of Lyon. As for the accused, he has issued a statement saying that he categorically denies sexually assaulting the first woman. At the same time, he further instructed his lawyer to file a lawsuit against the activist for defamation. These accusations come at an opportune time after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexually harassing a number of women including Rose McGowan. An investigation by the New York Times into the Harvey Weinstein case found out that he had settled sexual assault cases with over eight women.
The campaign against sexual harassment by top executives has been made possible by social media through a number of hashtags. While the hashtag that was used in America was Me-Too, France has seen an aggressive one called BalanceTonPorc. When translated into English, this French hashtag is used to say “Expose Your Pig.” The wave of accusations in France has reached even the top most leaders in the country including Pierre Joxe. This is the former minister under Francois Mitterrand as well as the former socialist leader. He is said to have groped a number of women who sat next to him at an opera that he had attended in Paris back in 2010. Just the other day, another lady in France told a radio in France that he had filed a case against Christopher Arend. For starters, this is a top lawmaker in the governing party led by Emmanuel Macron. However, the lawmaker insists that he is innocent. Mr. Ramadan is a respected Islamic scholar in France. He is a relative of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, and he is currently 55 years old. At the moment, he is teaching at Oxford University. He has written a number of books in English language touching on modern Islam.
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