Muslim Imam Reportedly Blames Cologne Sexual Assaults On Half-Naked Women Wearing Perfume

Did cologne bring about Cologne?

A Muslim cleric in Cologne, Germany, seems to be blaming the victims of the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in that city’s central train station area, assuming translations of his remarks are accurate.

In an interview with a Russian news outlet REN TV, Imam Sami Abu-Yusuf of the Al Tawheed mosque in Cologne claimed that provocative fashion and fragrances might have led to hundreds of women being sexually harassed during the New Year’s celebration, according to Breitbart London and other media agencies.

“Explaining in the view of Salafist Islam why hundreds of women found themselves groped, sexually assaulted and in some cases raped by gangs of migrant men in cities across Germany the Imam said: ‘the events of New Year’s Eve were the girls own fault, because they were half naked and wearing perfume. It is not surprising the men wanted to attack them. [Dressing like that] is like adding fuel to the fire.'”

“Abu-Yusuf also criticized the public’s strong reaction to the assaults by saying people ‘need to react properly, and not add fuel to the fire,'” the Daily Caller added.

A separate account in the U.K. Daily Star claims that the same religious leader said that “These young men take tablets and drugs, and over New Year they took alcohol, which took away all the barriers.”

So far, Cologne police have arrested one man in connection with the New Year’s Eve sex crimes, a 26-year-old Algerian refugee, the Guardian reported. The suspect is accused of groping a women and stealing her cell phone. “Almost three weeks after the incident a total of 838 people have filed criminal complaints, including 497 women alleging sexual assault. Some of the victims have jointly filed a single complaint, so that the number of alleged crimes stands at 766, of which 381 are sexual offences, including three rapes.”

Reacting to the New Year’s Eve violence, Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam claimed that the “shocking attacks of this nature were not isolated to Cologne, but happened in ‘every major Germany city’ as well as in Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and France on that one night alone.”

Germany admitted about one million migrants/refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East in the year 2015. Now under pressure for the open-door policy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel claims that her administration will seek to streamline deportations of criminals.

“Police logs from the night reveal the full horror the women experienced when they were set upon by the out-of-control mob of men on the steps of the city’s historic cathedral,” the Daily Mail asserted.

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Muzzled by political correctness and multiculturalism, German law enforcement, government officials, and the media stand accused of downplaying the scope of the New Year’s Eve attacks, Politico Europe observed.

“Germany’s police and politicians have faced increasing anger in the wake of the New Year’s sex attack spree in Cologne, but much of the public’s ire has been directed at a group more comfortable asking questions than answering them: the news media. After largely ignoring the story for several days after the attacks, much of the national media appeared reluctant to explore possible links between the attacks and the recent influx of refugees. Some commentators went so far as to suggest it was unlikely asylum seekers were even involved…More thoughtful observers see a problem deeper than political bias behind the coverage of Cologne and the broader refugee crisis: a press corps that has shifted from dispassionate observer to political actor.”

The mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, recently was accused of victim blaming in the aftermath of the New Year’s Eve crimes for suggesting that German women need to adopt a so-called code of conduct to prevent sexual assaults.

As the Inquisitr separately reported, Swedish police are under investigation for allegedly covering up sexual assaults of women by migrants that occurred at a Stockholm music festival, the We are Stockholm concert, in 2014 and 2015.

[Photo by Martin Meissner/AP]