“I was afraid to share this, because the religious feelings harm.’ The ball was rolling when the Pakistani Sabica Khan her courage picked up and on Facebook described how someone in her buttocks had tried to intervene during the hajj. Several of the women now share similar stories on sexual harassment at sacred sites via #mosquemetoo
Khan describes the social media platform Facebook in detail what exactly happened during the hajj. “It was my third tawaaf (circumambulation around the Ka’aba, red) and I felt suddenly a hand around my waist.’ That event seemed to have an innocent mistake which she simply ignored. Only: “When I was the Yemeni corner is reached, and someone tried my ass to grasp my buttocks to squeeze. I decided to stop there. I grabbed his hand and threw it off of me.’
She told her experience only to her mother, because she was scared that nobody would believe. Which forbade her to go. “My whole experience in the holy city is overshadowed by this terrible incident.’
Her story got so much acclaim that the Egyptian-American feminist Mona Eltahawy #mosquemetoo in the life called. The hashtag is now trending on Twitter. Eltahawy was itself also groped when she was at the age of 15 on a pilgrimage to Mecca, drew. She wrote a book about it in 2013.
The hajj is the fifth pillar of islam. Each muslim must at least once in his life on pilgrimage to Mecca if he or she is physically able and can afford. Every year, therefore an estimated two million muslims to Mecca.
Muslim women are often urged to get their hair and body in public to cover their modesty, to preserve or to protect themselves from male attention or damage. However, it appears from #mosquemetoo that they are also in the most sacred places may be attacked in spite of decent clothing.
Several Iranian and Farsi-speaking Twitter-users shared according to the BBC, therefore, not only their experiences with harassment, but challenged the belief that the wearing of the hidjab women protects against harassment.