Ac­tivist de­tails rape claims

Kuwait Times - - International -

PARIS: A Mus­lim fem­i­nist ac­tivist who has ac­cused prom­i­nent Is­lamic scholar Tariq Ra­madan of vi­o­lent rape de­tailed her claims in a hard-hit­ting in­ter­view yes­ter­day. The lead­ing Oxford pro­fes­sor, whose grand­fa­ther founded Egypt’s Mus­lim Brother­hood Is­lamist move­ment, is fac­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions in France for the al­leged rape of two women. Ra­madan has de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions as a “cam­paign of lies launched by my ad­ver­saries”. Henda Ayari, a for­mer Mus­lim fun­da­men­tal­ist who says Ra­madan raped her in a Paris ho­tel room in 2012, said she was en­cour­aged to speak out against him pub­licly by the “Me Too” cam­paign sweep­ing the world. “It was the #BalanceTonPorc cam­paign that pushed me to re­veal his name,” she told the Parisien news­pa­per, in ref­er­ence to France’s ver­sion of the hash­tag which means “Ex­pose your pig”. Ayari, who lodged a rape com­plaint against the 55-year-old Swiss national on Oc­to­ber 20, charged that for Tariq Ra­madan, “ei­ther you wear a veil or you get raped”.

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