1000 Strong Mob Assault Women on New Years Eve in Cologne
The cathedral in view, otherwise idyllic, becomes a hotspot for revellers during New Year Eve
NEW DELHI: After German city of Cologne saw an unprecedented act of molestation on the New Year’s Eve, a crisis meeting has been called by its mayor with the police official to identify the suspects and avoid such acts in the future. As reported by the German media, a teeming mob of roughly 1000 drunken men descended at the central station of the city and groped, assaulted, and raped at least one woman in the night as the revellers were enjoying the year end celebrations.
As many as 80 women have reported to be harassed on the said night by the police, moreover, it has been speculated that many people haven’t reported their assault. The attack happened near the Cologne cathedral area, which is known for its boisterous nightlife during this time of the year. Incidences of same kind but of lesser magnitude were also reported from the city of Hamburg. A few were also reported from the city of Stuttgard.
The city authorities are concerned now about the February carnival season which is famous for its drunken street parties thronged by hundreds of thousands of people.
One person whose wife and 15 year daughter were victim of the drunken hooliganism said, “The attackers grabbed her and my partner's breasts and groped them between their legs,” as he watched helplessly because there were so many of them.
Wolfgang Albers, the city police official has dubbed the occurrence “a completely new dimension of crime", and have identified the men to be of Arab or North African appearance, whereas, the Justice Minister Heiko Maas has asked people not to jump conclusions and to practice restraints in their assessment.
"The law does not discriminate regarding a person's origin or passport. All are equal before the law,” Maas said. The incident has wherewithal to foment the debate concerning the refugee seeking asylum in the western European country and Justice Minister seems to know this well. The right wing party of Germany, Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) has been against the doctrine of granting asylum to the refugees who have been coming in hordes in the wake of the Syrian civil war and devastation which has been wrecked nearby.
A policeman who was outside Cologne station during the New Year's Eve trouble informed that he had detained eight suspects. "They were all asylum seekers, carrying copies of their residence certificates," he said as reported in media.