The number of women who have reported being sexually harassed or assaulted at a music festival in the western German city of Darmstadt has risen. Police are still searching for the attackers.
A total of 14 formal complaints have now been lodged with German police following a spate of assaults at the Schlossgrabenfest music festival in Darmstadt last weekend. That number had risen to 26 victims by Tuesday afternoon, with police still speaking to witnesses and complainants, who have been described as “very young”.
Some were so young, their parents reported the crimes to police, rather than the victims themselves. Police have not ruled out the possibility that more may come forward, according to reports.
The young women who reported the harassment said they were encircled and groped by groups of men in a series of assaults reminiscent of those at the New Year's Eve festivities in Cologne.
"The women have reported that the [perpetrators] appeared to be men from the South Asia region," police said in a statement. The men were said to move in groups of ten.
Hans-Jürgen Irmer, member of parliament for pro-mass migration German leader Angela Merkel’s own Christian Democrat party was horrified at the news of the attacks, reports Junge Freiheit. He told the weekly conservative newspaper that the behaviour of immigrants in this case was “totally unacceptable”, and that if found guilty those men responsible had “forefeited his right to hospitability” from European peoples. If convicted, he said the men should find themselves on the “first plane back to Pakistan”.