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A Woman’s PilGRIMage To Mecca

by | 23rd, April 2008

RIAZATĀ Butt, the Guardian’s religious affairs correspondent and the presenter for the Guardian’s Muslim podcast, is on a pilgrimage:

I was sexually assaulted three times in Mecca – the least distressing incident took place near the Ka’aba when a male pilgrim mistook my breasts for a balustrade and used them to hoist himself up the stairs – and was met with indifference when I complained. Being sexually assaulted is, I learned, an almost occupational hazard for the female pilgrim. It will happen to you or someone you know and incidents go unreported because of apathy from the security guards on duty

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