Two Afghan refugees charged with attempted rape of schoolgirls in Germany

Two asylum seekers from Afghanistan have been charged with attempted rape of two schoolgirls in a public swimming pool in northern Germany on Tuesday.

The accused, aged 34 and 14, are said to have committed the crime at the Arriba aquatics center in Norderstedt in the north German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The girls, aged 18 and 14, approached the security staff after getting harassed by the men, with the authorities promptly nabbing the perpetrators and calling the police.

The Arriba aquatics centre in Norderstedt. Image courtesy: Arriba Erlebnisbad Facebook page.

The Arriba aquatics centre in Norderstedt. Image courtesy: Arriba Erlebnisbad Facebook page.

According to a report on Russia Today, the duo have been held in custody without bail — due to the substantial risk of them fleeing the country in order to escape the punishment, or continue to commit such crime should they be granted bail. The accused are being held in separate prison facilities.

The incident apparently is not the first of its kind at the Arriba aquatics centre.

According to a report on The Daily Mail, a group of seven immigrant men had heinously attacked five schoolgirls aged between 15 and 17 at the exact same spot as the latest incident, grabbing their breasts and buttocks, and ripping the bikini top off one of them.

According to a report on The Guardian, the western German town of Bornheim banned male adult asylum seekers from its public swimming pools after a rise in the number of complaints of sexual assaults on women in the facility.

"There have been complaints of sexual harassment and chatting-up going on in this swimming pool … by groups of young men, and this has prompted some women to leave [the premises]," Bornheim's deputy mayor Markus Schnapka was quoted as saying in the report.

Bornheim, a town of 48,000, is 18 km south of Cologne, which was the site of the sexual assaults on scores of women on New Year's eve, with the perpetrators largely believed to be Arab and North African in origin.

Similar incidents have been recorded in the neighbouring country of Austria, where a 10-year-old boy was raped by an Iraqi asylum-seeker at a pool in Vienna, sparking outrage in the Austrian society. The suspected abuser cited 'sexual emergency' as the motive behind his act, according to the report on Russia Today.

Meanwhile, the German government has spent a fortune in trying to educate the refugees on appropriate behaviour towards women. The government has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in producing posters in numerous languages, especially targeting public swimming pools in their initiative, according to a report on The Daily Express.

Updated Date: Mar 02, 2016 18:12 PM

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