Arrests after Morocco bus sex attack sparks outrage
August 21 2017 06:48 PM
A public transport bus operated by M'Dina Bus company
A public transport bus operated by M'Dina Bus company


Four suspects were arrested in Morocco on Monday after video footage of six young men reportedly sexually molesting a woman on a bus caused widespread outrage on social networks.
Moroccan media including the public television channel 2M reported the arrests after the incident in the kingdom's economic capital Casablanca.
In the footage posted on Sunday, six bare-chested teenagers are seen assaulting a weeping young woman and laughing as they touch her inappropriately.
The half-stripped victim is seen crying out in distress as no passenger intervenes to help her and the bus fails to come to a halt.
The latest incident comes less than two weeks after footage of men hounding a young woman walking alone in the northern city of Tangier was shared widely on social media, sparking a heated debate in the North African country.
Public transport company M'Dina Bus said the Casablanca incident happened on Friday, and that four suspects were arrested on Monday.
Media headlines included "Horror in Casablanca" and "Monsters commit an odious crime" as reports focused on the phenomenon of women being harassed in public places.
There were calls for the perpetrators of the bus attack to be brought to justice, and for a Casablanca sit-in on Wednesday.
Official figures show that nearly two-thirds of Moroccan woman have suffered violent attacks, often in public places.

Last updated: August 21 2017 06:58 PM

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